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It's a preview... and a GameThread! (thanks a lot, 1:00 PM game.)

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ Winnipeg Jets (Staples Center)

Time: 1:00 PM PST

TV: Fox Sports West, TSN3

Enemy Reading: Arctic Ice Hockey

Los Angeles Kings

Gaborik–Kopitar–Brown
King–Carter–Toffoli
Lewis–Stoll–Williams
Clifford–Shore–Nolan

Muzzin–Doughty
Regehr–Sekera
McNabb–Greene

Quick
(Jones)

Scratched: McBain, Andreoff; Injured: Pearson, Martinez; Suspended: Voynov

Winnipeg Jets

Ladd–Little–Frolik
Tlusty–Scheifele–Stafford
Thorburn–Lowry–Wheeler
Galiardi–Slater–Peluso

Enstrom–Myers
Harrison–Byfuglien
Stuart–Trouba

Hutchinson
(Pavelec)

Scratched: ; Injured:

Notes:

  • Paul Maurice, on whether Blake Wheeler is returning to the lineup today:
    If [Wheeler] comes to the rink [Sunday] feeling the way that he did today, he'll be in the lineup, yes.
  • Love this note from Jon Rosen's morning update:
    It was a calm night last night, and after walking back from dinner in five degree weather (thank you, NHL, for the Stadium Series beanie), several of us stopped downstairs for a glass of wine. One of our servers told us that she liked this weather because it allowed her to wear her favorite pea green jacket, and not a heavy, winter down parka. Perspective! Let’s keep some of it.
    As I write this, it's 60 degrees in Los Angeles.
  • The Senators' Andrew Hammond completed a sweep of the California teams when Ottawa came back against the Sharks last night. If that helps ease the annoyance of Hammond robbing the Kings on Thursday.
  • RELATED:
  • LA now finds themselves in a dead heat with Calgary (who has played an extra game) for the final playoff spot. Winnipeg is up four points on LA, but LA has two games in hand; a win tonight could help them leap-frog the Jets. As we've mentioned before, avoiding the Central's wild card spot is key, though a second- or third-place finish in the Pacific is much more likely.
  • Brayden McNabb scored his first NHL goal SINCE 2011 on Friday. Still rooting very hard for a Nick Shore goal.
  • The Kings have earned three points in two games against Winnipeg so far, both at home.
  • PREDICTION: Two points.

Go Kings Go.