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JNGD.S8G3 Flight Plan: A Royal Welcome Home

Home Sweet Home

The Jets will get to play in front of the Winnipeg faithful for the first time in the 2018-19 regular season and they do so with the challenge of looking to play a cleaner, calmer game than they had on Saturday when bad penalties and poor special teams play sunk them against the Dallas Stars. They also are hoping for a much better home opener than they had a year ago against the Toronto Maple Leafs

Los Angeles Kings (1-0-1)
@
Winnipeg Jets (1-1-0)

October 9, 2018 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg MB
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Iafallo / Kopitar – 2 Goal Leader Kyle Connor – 2
Toffoli / Kovalchuk – 2 Assist Leader Scheifele / Trouba – 2
Toffoli / Iafallo – 2 Points Leader Kyle Connor – 3
0% (Tied 23rd) 0 for 8 The Power Play 20% (Tied 15th) 1 for 5
71.43% (Tied 25th) 5 of 7 The Penalty Kill 66.67% (Tied 27th) 6 of 9
Jack Campbell
(1-0-0 / .947 Sv%)
Starting Goalie Connor Hellebuyck
(1-1-0 / .922 Sv%)

Jets Notebook

  • The Jets open up their home schedule tonight and they are hoping for more of the same from last season when they posted a NHL best 32-7-2 record. One of the few losses they had at home was to the Kings though on February 20 when Connor Hellebuyck had an off night with a .875 save percentage.
  • The Kings have helped open things at home for the Jets before. In the 2013-14 season, the Jets defeated the Kings 5-3 thanks to a couple of quick third period goals. Overall though the Jets have struggled a bit in home openers going 3-4-0 in the seven previous, but they have won two of their last three.
  • All time the Jets are 14-14-1. Blake Wheeler of course leads team scoring against the Kings with seven goals and 18 points in 26 games played. Connor hellebuyck has a history of struggling against the Kings with a 1-2-0 record and a .887 save percentage.
  • No significant injuries for the Jets at the moment. Adam Lowry and Jacob Trouba did miss Monday’s practice, but Paul Maurice stated both players should be good to go tonight.

 

Kings Notebook

  • The Kings have yet to tally on the power play yet in the first two games they played this season. They seem to be focued early on in having Ilya Kocalchuk be the trigger man which isn’t a bad idea at all, but as Jets fans can attest to back when the Jets tried to run their power play through Buff, it becomes a very easy power play to read and defend. It seems funny to say, but without having someone like a Dustin Brown around the net to cause some disturbance, or until the Kings figure out a second shooter to go on their top power play unit, it may remain one dimensional.
  • Alex Iafallo has to feel a bit like a lottery winner as he has been on a line with Kovalchuk and Kopitar. The second year forward scored two goals against Detroit on Sunday – one was an empty net goal, but those count all the same – and looks pretty strong playing with two top forwards.
  • The Kings allowed the fewest goals against last season – partly thanks to Jonathan Quick but they have a strong group of defensemen who will make life tough for the Jets.
  • Los Angeles has had some tough injuries to deal with early on. Dustin Brown is out with a broken finger and Quick as has been well noted is out with an LBI.

 

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 77.2#17 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 83.5#8 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.4#4 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.73#4 FL1
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 74.6#51 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.5#67 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 81.6#3 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.57#3 FL2
Kristian Vesalainen
KRISTIAN VESALAINEN
Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 72.0#110 C

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.7#27 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.84#3 FL3
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 70.7#95 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.8#84 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.6#98 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.35#9 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.0#33 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.2#15 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.63#16 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.6#74 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 80.9#8 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.29#5 DL2
Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 71.6#75 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 76.1#24 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.85#3 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 77.2#9 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 69.3#56 G2

Los Angeles Kings Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Alex Iafallo
ALEX IAFALLO

Rating: 72.1#72 LW

Anze Kopitar
ANZE KOPITAR

Rating: 81.8#10 C

Ilya Kovalchuk
ILYA KOVALCHUK

Rating: 79.6#7 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.86#17 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.7#46 LW

Jeff Carter
JEFF CARTER

Rating: 77.0#31 C

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 74.5#33 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.07#14 FL2
Austin Wagner
AUSTIN WAGNER

Rating: 72.3#69 LW

Adrian Kempe
ADRIAN KEMPE

Rating: 70.0#154 C

Trevor Lewis
TREVOR LEWIS

Rating: 70.4#148 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.90#26 FL3
Kyle Clifford
KYLE CLIFFORD

Rating: 70.5#101 LW

Mike Amadio
MIKE AMADIO

Rating: 71.5#125 C

Nate Thompson
NATE THOMPSON

Rating: 67.3#184 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.75#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Derek Forbort
DEREK FORBORT

Rating: 73.5#42 LD

Drew Doughty
DREW DOUGHTY

Rating: 81.1#6 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 77.31#7 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 76.8#14 LD

Alec Martinez
ALEC MARTINEZ

Rating: 73.6#39 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.19#8 DL2
Dion Phaneuf
DION PHANEUF

Rating: 71.7#70 LD

Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 72.5#52 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.13#11 DL3
GOALIES
Jack Campbell
JACK CAMPBELL

Rating: 70.9#38 G1

Peter Budaj
PETER BUDAJ

Rating: 67.1#67 G2

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Tonight’s officials

Referees: Ian Walsh & Justin St. Pierre

Linesmen: Ryan Galloway & Travis Gawryletz