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Winnipeg seeks 11th victory in November; Los Angeles 1-2-1 in past four

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

JETS (16-9-1) at KINGS (10-14-2)

10 p.m. ET; SN1, CITY, SNW, FS-W, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The Winnipeg Jets will try for their 11th win in 14 games in November when they visit the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

The Jets are 10-2-1 this month after defeating the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Friday for their third straight victory and sixth in seven games (6-1-0). The 10 wins in November are a Jets/Atlanta Thrashers record, and it is the fifth time Winnipeg/Atlanta has won at least 10 games in a calendar month.

The Kings, who lost 4-1 at the San Jose Sharks on Friday, are 1-2-1 in their past four games after going 4-1-0 in their previous five games.  


Players to watch

Jets forward Kyle Connor leads Winnipeg with 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 13 games in November and has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games. 

Kings center Anze Kopitar has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games and needs three points to tie Wayne Gretzky (918) for fourth place in Los Angeles history.  


They said it

"I think the theme around here is let's keep it rolling, because two points in November is going to matter in April, so let's keep this momentum rolling while we can." -- Jets defenseman Neal Pionk

"I'll tell you when the team is tired. It's not the schedule. We're playing just as many games and we've been home forever, so let's take the schedule out of the equation and let's just talk about the play." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan 


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine  

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault  

Joona Luoto -- David Gustafsson -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman   

Carl Dahlstrom -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Luca Sbisa

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Michael Spacek, Cameron Schilling

Injured: Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body), Mason Appleton (foot), Gabriel Bourque (lower body), Bryan Little (ear), Dustin Byfuglien (ankle)   


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown  

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Jeff Carter -- Michael Amadio -- Tyler Toffoli   

Kyle Clifford -- Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Trevor Lewis  

Ben Hutton -- Drew Doughty

Paul LaDue -- Sean Walker

Joakim Ryan -- Matt Roy  

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Ilya Kovalchuk, Kurtis MacDermid, Matt Luff

Injured: Alec Martinez (wrist), Derek Forbort (back) 


Status report

Dahlstrom is expected to play after Kulikov was injured in the first period against the Ducks. … Schilling, a defenseman, was recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Saturday. … Beaulieu was placed on injured reserve. … LaDue will make his season debut. He had five points (two goals, three assists) in 33 games for the Kings last season.


Stat pack

The Jets are 7-1-0 in their past eight road games. … Wheeler has six points (one goal, five assists) in a three-game point streak. … Laine has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past five games. … The Kings are 19-for-22 (86.4 percent) on the penalty kill in their past nine games after they were 43-for-61 (70.5 percent) in their first 17 games.

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