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GAME DAY: Five keys to Jets vs Kings

Winnipeg Jets at Los Angeles Kings

9:30 pm CT, Staples Center. TV: TSN3. Radio: TSN 1290


Dustin Byfuglien vs Drew Doughty

Look for the two minute-munchers to have a big impact in this battle. Byfuglien is currently on a five-game point streak (one goal, seven assists), leads the Jets in ice time with 24:30 per game and is averaging nearly a point per game (25 points in 27 games). Doughty leads the Kings in ice time (26:23) and has two goals and 18 points in 34 games. He’ll be tasked with trying to contain the Jets’ top line as well.

5 keys to the game

Working overtime

The Jets have won five consecutive games for the first time this season and three of those victories have come during three-on-three overtime. Things are not quite as rosy for the Kings, who fired head coach John Stevens last month and haven’t found much traction under Willie Desjardins. The Kings are dead last in the NHL with 25 points in 34 games, dealing with a rash of injuries and dropped four consecutive games while being outscored by their opponents 15-8.

Ridiculous run

Jets centre Mark Scheifele has scored the overtime winner in consecutive games and riding a five-game point streak that produced five goals and 14 points to propel him to 21 goals and 46 points in 33 games. Scheifele, who played 25:24 in Sunday’s victory, is playing at an elite level and is looking to keep that going after being named second star of the week by the NHL on Monday. Linemate Blake Wheeler is also on a five-game point streak (one goals, eight points) and has 44 points in 33 games.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (left) throws a backhand at the net as he’s defended by Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele in Winnipeg on Thursday Nov. 29, 2018. Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network

Perreault producing

Jets forward Mathieu Perreault was referred to as the Swiss Army knife by Wheeler last week and he’s in the midst of a hot streak, with goals in four consecutive games for the first time in his NHL career. After scoring three goals in 29 games, Perreault is up to seven for the season and is currently tied for fifth on the Jets in goals with current linemate Brandon Tanev – who is one goal away from tying his career high.

Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault celebrates his power-play goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Winnipeg on Sunday Dec. 16, 2018. Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network

P is for power play

Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but the Jets have scored at least one power play goal in five consecutive games. By scoring on their lone opportunity on Sunday, the Jets are now eight-for-18 with the man-advantage during the stretch and continue to lead the NHL in power-play efficiency. Meanwhile, the Kings are near the bottom of the NHL on both the power play and the penalty box, so they’ll want to limit the number of trips to the sin bin on Tuesday.

Fresh start

Winnipegger Brendan Leipsic found himself an occasional healthy scratch with the Vancouver Canucks, but he received another fresh start after being claimed off waivers. Leipsic, a prolific scoring forward in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks, is back in a top-nine role and has one goal and three points in seven games since joining the Kings.

Brendan Leipsic (14) of the Los Angeles Kings controls the puck in front of Dylan Larkin (71) of the Detroit Red Wings during the first period at Little Caesars Arena on December 10, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Winnipeg Jets


Nikolaj Ehlers-Mark Scheifele-Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor-Bryan Little-Patrik Laine

Mathieu Perreault-Adam Lowry-Brandon Tanev

Brendan Lemieux-Jack Roslovic-Mason Appleton


Josh Morrissey-Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot-Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov-Tyler Myers


Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Los Angeles Kings


Alex Iafallo-Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown

Adrian Kempe-Jeff Carter-Tyler Toffoli

Nikita Scherbak-Nate Thompson-Brendan Leipsic

Austin Wagner-Mike Amadio-Matt Luff


Oscar Fantenberg-Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin-Paul Ladue

Derek Forbort-Sean Walker


Jonathan Quick

Cal Petersen


Jets: F Andrew Copp (upper body, IR)

Kings: G Jack Campbell (knee, IR), D Dion Phaneuf (upper body, day-to-day), D Alec Martinez (upper body, IR), LW Ilya Kovalchuk (ankle, IR), LW Kyle Clifford (upper body, day-to-day), LW Carl Hagelin (lower body, IR), RW Trevor Lewis (foot, IR), LW Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder, IR)

Special Teams


Winnipeg: 30.8% (1st)

Los Angeles: 14.3% (28th)


Winnipeg 80.6% (13th)

Los Angeles: 74.0% (29th)

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