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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET21:00 BRT, October 22, 2019
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba  Attendance: 15,325

Kings, Jets hope recent wins start of better things

Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets

  1. Dating back to April 2016, eight of 10 meetings between the clubs have been decided by a single goal, with four of them ending in overtime or a shootout. The Jets are 6-3-1 in those 10 games versus the Kings despite being outscored, 26-22 (excluding "team goals" for shootout wins).
  2. The Kings allow 4.00 goals per game, tied with Minnesota for the most in the NHL; they have given up 17 goals in their three road games. LA is last in the league with an .857 save percentage, but has been better of late, stopping 65 of 71 shots in the last three games (.915).
  3. The Jets are 4-0-0 this season when allowing two goals or fewer, compared to 1-5-0 when surrendering at least three goals. Winnipeg's 16 second-period goals allowed are the most in the NHL; the Jets have a minus-6 goal differential in the middle period, and were minus-7 in the middle 20 minutes in 2018-19.
  4. Anze Kopitar is three points away from 900 for his career and has registered at least one point in each of the six games in which the Kings have scored a goal. Jeff Carter notched his first goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Flames; Carter had one goal in his previous 15 games dating back to last March.
  5. Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele have 12 points apiece and are one of four teammate pairs in the league with at least a dozen points each. Laine has no points in his last four games versus LA, while Scheifele has only one goal in 16 career games against the Kings.
  6. The Kings outshoot their opposition by 9.6 goals per game, leading the NHL in shot differential per contest. However, the Kings' shooting percentage of 7.97 is the NHL's fifth lowest. The Jets have the seventh-lowest shooting percentage at 8.00 percent.

When the Winnipeg Jets hit the ice Tuesday night, only one NHL team will have played more games, and the schedule will keep up its relentless demands with a contest against the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

The quantity of games, and not necessarily the quality, has the Jets near the top of the Central Division as they look to improve on a 2-3 home record and a minus-five goal differential over their first 10 contests.

Sunday's 1-0 shootout victory over the Edmonton Oilers showed some promise, at least from a defensive perspective, as the Jets ended a three-game home losing streak. Tuesday's matchup will mark the fifth of a six-game homestand that concludes Saturday against the Calgary Flames.

The Oilers rolled into Sunday's matchup with a 7-1-0 record and the NHL's best power play before the unexpected stumble. Edmonton went 0-for-2 with the man advantage but still lead the league at 38.5 percent.

Sunday's win also gave Jets head coach Paul Maurice his 700th NHL victory.

"It feels good to get the win in the fashion we did," Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey said, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. "As a coach, you probably want to win 1-0. I feel like that's probably the best reward or best 700th win we can give (Maurice)."

A little more offense might have been nice, but the Jets will take it any way they can get it.

"It's good to get a result," Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler said. "Obviously, it's been tough around here. I think the quality of our play isn't reflective of the results we're getting recently. So, it's good to finally get one."

The Kings also are relieved to have a breakthrough. Los Angeles ended a three-game losing streak and a two-game shutout streak with a 4-1 victory over the Flames on Saturday.

Shots on goal have not been an issue for the Kings. Finishing off scoring chances has been. The Kings have opened the season aggressively on offense, following a dreadful 2018-19 campaign, but they were blanked in consecutive games for the first time since February 2017.

The Kings found the finishing touch Saturday against the Flames, getting goals from Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar and Ilya Kovalchuk. The Kings even scored their first power-play goal in a span of six games.

"The whole group has been good," new Kings head coach Todd McLellan said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Analytically -- and I'm not a true, true believer in analytics -- there's a lot of positive things with our team. But the page you look at first is always the standings, and we're not where we'd like to be."

It makes Tuesday's game a test for each team to be the version of themselves they imagined when the season started.

The Kings will have to improve on a 1-2 road record so far and a minus-8 overall goal differential.

"There is a clear plan," McLellan said. "The team has to be restructured. It's trying to catch up with the modern game right now, if you will ... the youthfulness and creativity and the pace of the game. We're trying to catch up in that area."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 21, 2019

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