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Preview: Kings at Jets

Anze Kopitar out for Los Angeles; Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele looks to extend point streak

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (7-8-0) at JETS (7-7-2)

2 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-W, NHL.TV

 
Kings team scope

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (upper body) won't play. He left the the Kings' 2-1 loss at the Ottawa Senators on Friday with 4:34 remaining. Kopitar has two goals in 15 games this season. Goalie Peter Budaj will start after Jeff Zatkoff also left the game against the Senators "[He] pulled himself after the second period," coach Darryl Sutter said. "I don't know what it is." Zatkoff's injury is to his lower body, the Los Angeles Times reported. Budaj is 7-5-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .912 save percentage after starting the season in the American Hockey League.

Video: LAK@MTL: Budaj stops slap shots from Danault, Weber

 
Jets team scope

Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele, whose 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) lead the NHL, has five goals and six assists during a five-game point streak. Forward Nikolaj Ehlers, who has 10 points (two goals and eight assists) in his past five games, put the puck into the Jets net to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win in overtime Friday. "I thought I had two guys right by me," Ehlers said. "I just tried to throw it in the middle and get those two guys going. Obviously, we could have had two points tonight as well, but three out of four on the road is great." The Jets return home after going 1-0-1 on a two-game trip. Rookie forward Patrik Laine's 11 goals lead the League. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien hasn't scored in 16 games this season.

Video: DAL@WPG: Laine leads Jets to rout with hatty

 
Kings projected lineup

Tanner Pearson -- Trevor Lewis -- Teddy Purcell

Dwight King -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Dustin Brown -- Nic Dowd -- Devin Setoguchi

Kyle Clifford -- Nick Shore -- Jordan Nolan

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Kevin Gravel -- Matt Greene

Peter Budaj

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Tom Gilbert, Jeff Zatkoff

Injured: Anze Kopitar (upper body), Marian Gaborik (broken foot), Jonathan Quick (lower body), Brayden McNabb (arm), Andy Andreoff (upper body)

 
Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Kyle Connor -- Nic Petan -- Blake Wheeler

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Marko Dano -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom - Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Tyler Myers, Quinton Howden

Injured: Joel Armia (lower body), Bryan Little (lower body) Shawn Matthias (lower body), Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Drew Stafford (upper body), Mark Stuart (lower body)

 
Status report

Myers left Winnipeg's 3-2 loss to Colorado on Friday late in the second period with a lower-body injury. His status for Sunday is unknown. … The Jets placed Perreault on injured reserve and called up Howden from Manitoba of the AHL. … The Kings recalled Campbell from Ontario of the AHL on an emergency basis Saturday. He's expected to back up Budaj.

 
Who's hot

Carter has three goals and three assists in the past five games. … Wheeler has two goals and two assists in the past three games.

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