The Los Angeles Kings (33-20-8), one of the NHL’s top power play offenses, head to face the Winnipeg Jets (35-24-1) and their stifling penalty killing defense at Canada Life Centre on Tuesday. Los Angeles is wrapping up a five-game road trip coming off a 5-2 loss against the Rangers on Sunday.
The Kings committed four penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal. Viktor Arvidsson and Matt Roy both scored once for the Kings.
Phillip Danault had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Jonathan Quick started in the loss and only had four saves on seven shots against (.571%).
Winnipeg dropped their third straight game, falling 4-0 to the Islanders on Sunday. David Rittich saved only 20 of 23 shots against (.869%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Jets won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 6-4 victory in October. Adam Lowry (1G 1A), Josh Morrissey (0G 2A), and Morgan Barron (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Winnipeg. Trevor Moore led Los Angeles with two points (1G 1A). Connor Hellebuyck got the win, saving 40 of 44 shots (.909%).
Los Angeles is averaging 3.28 goals per game for the season, 12th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Jets team that is allowing 2.65 goals a game (6th).
Meanwhile, Winnipeg has found the net 3.02 times a game on average, 20th in the league, and the Kings are allowing opponents to score 3.36 goals per game (22nd).
The Kings’ third-ranked power play offense (25.62%) will face a challenging test against the Jets, who are the league’s second-best penalty killing team (84.71%).
Winnipeg, meanwhile, has scored on 21.54% of their power play opportunities (14th), which the hosts will be seeking to add to against Los Angeles’ 24th-ranked 75.48% penalty killing rate.
With 63 points this season, Kevin Fiala is the top skater for the Kings. He has 21 goals and 42 assists in 61 games. In the net, Pheonix Copley (17-4-2) is Los Angeles’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.73 GAA and a .902% save percentage. Quick (11-12-4) leads the Kings in games played in goal.
He has a GAA of 3.44 and a save percentage of .879%.Kyle Connor leads the Jets in scoring with 66 points. He has 26 goals and 40 assists in 60 games. Hellebuyck (26-18-1) is the top goalie for Winnipeg with a goals against average of 2.46. He has a save percentage of .923%, fifth-best in the league.
HOME AND AWAY
Los Angeles is 16-11-6 on the road this season. Winnipeg is 20-10-0 at home this season.
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