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Jets at Kings preview

Winnipeg seeks sixth straight win, fourth in OT; Los Angeles looks to end four-game skid

by Dan Greenspan / Correspondent

JETS (22-9-2) at KINGS (11-20-3)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, TSN3, NHL.TV


The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will try to extend their longest winning streak of the season to six games when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Tuesday.

The Jets won 5-4 in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, their third straight overtime victory. The Jets are one of eight teams in NHL history to win three consecutive games inside the overtime period. No team has ever won four straight games inside the overtime period.

Winnipeg has won five consecutive road games and is 7-2-0 in its past nine games away from Bell MTS Place.

The Kings lost 4-3 in overtime at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday and went 0-2-2 during their four-game road trip. Los Angeles is 2-6-2 in its past 10 games.


Players to watch

Jets center Mark Scheifele can become the first player in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history with four straight three-point games. Scheifele has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past five games.

Kings forward Alex Iafallo has five points (one goal, four assists) during a four-game point streak. Iafallo has an assist in four consecutive games.


They said it

"Think how important Josh Morrissey has been, Patty Laine has been, and all of these guys have had a hand in some overtime success are older and better at it." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on the team's 6-2 overtime record


"I think the next game is part of their skill development. If you just let guys play and the outcome doesn't matter, then you really don't develop a player anyway." -- Kings coach Willie Desjardins on the four rookie forwards and defensemen in the lineup


Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Mathieu Perreault -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Brendan Lemieux -- Jack Roslovic -- Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Nic Petan, Joe Morrow

Injured: Andrew Copp (upper body)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Adrian Kempe -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Austin Wagner -- Michael Amadio -- Matt Luff

Brendan Leipsic -- Nate Thompson -- Nikita Scherbak

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Sean Walker

Daniel Brickley -- Oscar Fantenberg

Jonathan Quick

Calvin Petersen

Scratched: Paul LaDue

Injured: Alec Martinez (upper body), Dion Phaneuf (upper body), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Ilya Kovalchuk (ankle), Carl Hagelin (knee), Trevor Lewis (foot), Jack Campbell (knee), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder)


Status report

Clifford practiced Tuesday but needs to pass one more test to be medically cleared, Desjardins said. … A diagnosis of Martinez's injury, which he sustained against the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 8, will be completed this week. … Phaneuf is week to week after sustaining an injury against the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 11.


Stat pack

Scheifele will play in his 400th NHL game and needs one assist for 200 in the NHL. … Perreault has scored in four consecutive games. … Wheeler, Laine, Byfuglien, Scheifele and Perreault each have five-game point streaks. … The Kings are last in the NHL in points (25) and goals (75).

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