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JNGD 21 Flight Plan: Entering the Kings’ Castle

The Jets continue their four-game Western road trip with their first of three regular-season matchups with the Los Angeles Kings.

Jets Regular Season Game #21

Winnipeg Jets (12-5-3)
@
Los Angeles Kings (12-7-2)

November 22, 2017 – Puck drop: 9:30 PM CST
Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
TV: TSN 3
Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

The Jets opened their four-game road trip with a 5-3 loss to Nashville on Monday night, which snapped a four-game winning streak.  Even with the loss, the Jets are tied for the best record over the last 10 games in the NHL at 7-2-1 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Mathieu Perreault scored twice for the Jets on Monday night, giving him 4 goals and 1 assist in 3 games since returning from injury.  Connor Hellebuyck suffered his second regulation loss, stopping 24 of 29 shots.

Recently for the Kings…

Unlike the Predators, who had won six of their last seven going into the game on Monday, the Kings are reeling of late.  The Kings are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night.  The loss was their fifth loss in their last 6 games.  They have been held to 2 goals or less in 5 of their last 6 games.  Despite that, the Kings still hold a one-point lead in the Pacific division.  Anze Kopitar has been the Kings hottest player in the month of November, with 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 9 games.

Recently between the two teams…

This is the first of three meetings between the two clubs, with the other two meetings taking place at Bell MTS Place. Last season the Jets posted a 1-1-1 record against the Kings, with both losses coming at Staples Center. They lost 3-2 in overtime on Jan 14, 2017, and 5-2 on Mar 23, 2017. Connor Hellebuyck started two of the three meetings, posting a 1-1-0 record, with a 3.36 goals against average, and an .892 save percentage.  Mathieu Perreault was the leading scorer in the three meetings with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists).

Matchup to Watch

Steve Mason vs Kings

As per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun, Steve Mason will get the start in net for the Jets tonight.  Mason has made 15 career starts against the Kings, posting a 7-7-1 record with a 2.83 GAA and a .905 SV%, including 2 shutouts.  In the three meetings last season, the Jets allowed 34.3 shots on goal per game against the Kings.  In his last 3 appearances for the Jets, he has a 1-0-1 record, with a 1.27 GAA and a .958 SV%.

Winnipeg Jets Lines

Lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Matt Hendricks
MATT HENDRICKS
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT
Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
Steve Mason
STEVE MASON

Los Angeles Kings Lines

LW C RW
Alex Iafallo
ALEX IAFALLO
Anze Kopitar
ANZE KOPITAR
Dustin Brown
DUSTIN BROWN
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON
Adrian Kempe
ADRIAN KEMPE
Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI
Jussi Jokinen
JUSSI JOKINEN
Nic Dowd
NIC DOWD
Jonny Brodzinski
JONNY BRODZINSKI
Andy Andreoff
ANDY ANDREOFF
Nick Shore
NICK SHORE
Trevor Lewis
TREVOR LEWIS
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Derek Forbort
DEREK FORBORT
Drew Doughty
DREW DOUGHTY
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN
Christian Folin
CHRISTIAN FOLIN
Kurtis MacDermid
KURTIS MACDERMID
Alec Martinez
ALEC MARTINEZ
GOALIES
Jonathan Quick
JONATHAN QUICK
Darcy Kuemper
DARCY KUEMPER

Gameday Prediction

The Kings have struggled to score goals as of late, and the Jets will want to respond after a poor back half of the game in Nashville on Monday. Mason will continue to play as well as he has in the last couple outings, and the Jets powerplay will continue to have success against LA : Jets win 4-2.


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