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Kings-Jets Preview: Hello Again, Winnipeg

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Since we last met the Atlanta Thrashers Winnipeg Jets...

IN: New logo, new GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, new coach Claude Noel; Eric Fehr, Tanner Glass, Kyle Wellwood, Randy Jones, Antti Miettinen. Patrice Cormier was just recalled from the AHL.

OUT/INJURED: Randy Oh-noes Jones, Bryan Little, Derek Meech, Dustin Byfuglien

Jets lineup: With Buff out, the d-pairs have been rearranged.

Kane-Stapleton-Wheeler
Ladd-Antropov-Wellwood
Glass-Burmistrov-Miettinen
Fehr-Cormier-Thorburn

Enstrom-Hainsey
Oduya-Bogosian
Stuart-Flood

Chris Mason

Further reading: Arctic Ice Hockey (formerly Behind the Net)

Kings lineup:

Richardson-Kopitar-Brown
Loktionov-Richards-Lewis
Penner-Stoll-Williams
Clifford-Fraser-Hunter

Scuderi-Doughty
Mitchell-Voynov
Johnson-Greene

Bernier


Game outlook: The Kings should be battling fatigue after their hard-fought victory in Chicago last night, but hopefully Sutter's active presence behind the bench will help keep them focused. It was great to see them make a strong push in the second against a very strong team; Chicago only tied them in shots after the Kings protected a two goal lead.

With Mason and Jonathan Bernier in net, it'll be a shootout at the Backup Corral. Let's hope the team pulls together and provides JB some goal support. They're making good progress toward a playoff spot, but they simply can't afford any excuses.