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Game Day #74, Preview: Los Angeles Kings @ Winnipeg Jets

That Average-Number-of-70 Line! (hope we don't get sued for this)

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Los Angeles Kings @ Winnipeg Jets

Time: 5:00 Pacific

TV: Fox Sports West, TSN3

Enemy Reading: Arctic Ice Hockey

Los Angeles Kings

Lucic - Kopitar - Carter
Pearson - Dowd - Toffoli
King - Shore - Brown
Clifford - Andreoff - Lewis

McNabb - Doughty
Muzzin - Martinez
Scuderi - Schenn

Quick
(Enroth)

Injured: Gaborik, Greene, Nolan, Versteeg Scratched: McBain, Lecavalier ("banged up")

Winnipeg Jets

Ehlers - Scheifele - Wheeler
Armia - Burmistrov - Stafford
Thorburn - Lowry - Halischuk
Petan - Copp - Dano

Chiarot - Byfuglien
Trouba - Stuart
Melchiori - Postma

Pavelec
(Hutchinson)

Injured: Myers, Little, Enstrom, Perreault Scratched: McBain, Lecavalier ("banged up")

Stats & Such
(Fancy stats courtesy War on Ice)

Team Kings Jets
Record 44-24-5 30-37-7
Points 93 66
Division Rank 1st 7th
Streak Lost 2 Won 2
Goals For/Game 2.73 2.55
Goals Against/Game 2.29
2.96
ES Goal % 54.5
51.2
ES Shot %
54.7 49.0
ES PDO 99.9
99.3
ES Corsi % 56.0 52.0
ES Fenwick % 55.9 51.5
ES Scoring Chance % 54.1 51.4
ES High-Danger SC % 54.3 49.0
Power Play % (Rank) 20.5 (9th)
14.6 (29th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 81.3 (14th)
78.5 (25th)
Starting Goalie (today) Quick Pavelec
Goalie Record 37-19-4 9-13-2
Save % .920 .904
ES Save % .931 .918

Notes:

  • This morning, Vincent Lecavalier was part of LA's line rushes, but he's "banged up" and is unlikely to play tonight, so Andreoff will likely center Clifford and Lewis on the fourth line. Tanner Pearson, who was out for personal reasons, returns to the lineup.
  • Pearson-Dowd-Toffoli is just fascinating, isn't it? If Darryl Sutter is serious about leaving Jeff Carter on the wing, Dowd's chances of staying in the lineup increase exponentially. If Versteeg and Lecavalier both return on Saturday, though, it's probably either Dowd or Shore who sits. Shore played 8:13 to Dowd's 12:15 on Tuesday; keep an eye on those ice times tonight.
  • LA's last two games were losses against Central teams fighting for playoff spots. Tonight, they play a Central team that could be eliminated tonight and has zero chance of qualifying. Can't blame desperation tonight.
  • Stop asking Jon Rosen about Marian Gaborik and Matt Greene.
  • The Jets are having their own injury woes, as Tyler Myers just underwent surgery which will keep him out for the remainder of the season. Paired with Tobias Enstrom's knee surgery, that's how you end up with a third pairing of Paul Postma and Julian Melchiori. Makes Scuderi-Schenn look pretty good, eh?
  • Well, well, well, if it isn't Marko Dano again! Dano has now been part of the return in trades for Jeff Carter (he was the eventual pick LA traded away with Jack Johnson), Brandon Saad, and Andrew Ladd, and he's only 21. Dano has five points in 12 games with Winnipeg, with three of them coming in one night against Vancouver.
  • .904? Oh, Ondrej.
  • Anze Kopitar's six-game point streak was snapped against Minnesota. Shame. He hasn't had consecutive games without a point yet this month.
  • [OBLIGATORY NCAA MARCH MADNESS TIE-IN: The Kings have already made the Sweet Sixteen!]
  • PREDICTION: Either Nick or Nic scores, LA wins 3-1.