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Kings at Jets preview

Los Angeles, Winnipeg each eyes second straight victory after three-game losing streak

by Darrin Bauming / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

KINGS (3-5-0) at JETS (5-5-0)

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

 

The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will try to win consecutive games following a three-game losing streak when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

The Kings ended their skid with a 4-1 victory against the Calgary Flames after they were shut out in successive games by the Carolina Hurricanes (2-0) on Oct. 15 and Buffalo Sabres (3-0) on Thursday.

The Jets also eye their second straight win following three consecutive losses when they were outscored 14-5. Winnipeg is trying to build on a 1-0 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

 

Players to watch

Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck will start; he's 4-3-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .929 save percentage and made 28 saves in the shutout against Edmonton.

Kings center Anze Kopitar, who leads Los Angeles in scoring with nine points (three goals, six assists) in eight games, is three points shy of 900 in the NHL. He has 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 22 games against Winnipeg.

 

They said it

"We needed that. We lost three in a row and we want to bounce back faster than that. But we showed what kind of team we are in the last game and got the two points. Now we're looking forward to the one tonight." -- Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers

"Every single team I play against I make a rivalry on that team. Personal rivalries, I think are happening a lot more than you guys are aware of." -- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown   

Jeff Carter -- Blake Lizotte -- Tyler Toffoli   

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Adrian Kempe -- Trevor Lewis  

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Austin Wagner   

Ben Hutton -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Sean Walker

Kurtis MacDermid -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Nikolai Prokhorkin

Injured: Derek Forbort (back) 

 

Jets projected lineup

Patrik Laine -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor -- Bryan Little -- Nikolaj Ehlers

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Jack Roslovic

Mathieu Perreault -- David Gustafsson -- Gabriel Bourque

Josh Morrissey -- Dmitry Kulikov

Neal Pionk -- Ville Heinola

Carl Dahlstrom -- Anthony Bitetto

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Mason Appleton

Injured: Nathan Beaulieu (upper body), Mark Letestu (undisclosed), Tucker Poolman (undisclosed)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien

 

Status report

Poolman will miss his first game of the season. … Bitetto returns after missing two games with a lower body injury. … Beaulieu skated for the first time Tuesday since beginning the season on injured reserve.

 

Stat pack

The Jets are 10-3-0 in their past 13 home games against the Kings, outscoring Los Angeles 43-26. … Winnipeg has the NHL's worst penalty kill (7-for-18, 61.1 percent). … Quick is 1-3-0 with a 5.06 GAA and .828 save percentage in four starts this season.

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