Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 9 @ Winnipeg, October 27, 2015, 5pm PST
Coming off their win in Edmonton on Sunday, the Los Angeles Kings head a couple provinces east as they close out their mini two-game road swing in Winnipeg to take on the 5-2-1 Jets in the first of three meetings this season.
In 2014-15, the Jets won the season series as they took two of three from Los Angeles. In their most recent matchup, March 1, Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd scored twice while Jeff Carter answered with a pair of goals of his own, albeit in a losing effort. This year, the Kings will hope to get off on the right foot against a Jets team they will not meet again until March.
Fresh off being named the NHL‘s Third Star of the Week, Jonathan Quick will be hoping to ride his recent hot streak. Most recently, the Los Angeles netminder made 26 saves to beat the Oilers on Sunday, including a highlight-reel save on Connor McDavid in the dying seconds of regulation. Despite his recent surge, though, head coach Darryl Sutter has not named a starter. Of course, if his performance in San Jose last Thursday was any indication, then Jhonas Enroth is more than capable of taking the reins in goal for the Kings.
As for the Jets, Blake Wheeler enters Tuesday’s contest riding an eight-game point streak, having registering four goals and seven assists over that stretch. But an unfamiliar face to the Kings will be in the Winnipeg lineup as rookie forward Nikolaj Ehlers hopes to build on his early-season success having scored three goals in eight games thus far. Also, speaking of the aforementioned Andrew Ladd, he will playing in his 700th-career game on Tuesday.
For the Kings, they are getting offensive support from the line of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Milan Lucic. In fact, the latter is riding a three-game point streak. Toffoli saw his four-game goal-scoring streak come to an end in Edmonton, but remains hot nonetheless.
Anze Kopitar‘s goal on Sunday gives him 221 for his career, moving him to within one of Charlie Simmer for seventh-place on the Kings’ all-time scoring list.
The new version of the Jets haven’t been too kind to them thus far, but the Los Angeles Kings will hope to change that as they eye their sixth-straight win.
Enjoy the game!