JETBLAST: WINNIPEG @ LA

JETBLAST

Winnipeg Jets (1-1-0) at L.A. Kings (0-1-0) 9:00 p.m., Staples Center, TV: TSN 3 Radio:TSN 1290

One of only two games taking place Sunday night, the Winnipeg Jets will visit the LA Kings for their second game in as many nights. These two teams have played the same scheduled so far , Winnipeg earned the W in Arizona while the Kings lost last night in overtime. Against San Jose, the Kings were beaten  Wednesday night while the Sharks handled the Jets Saturday. Both teams will be looking for better efforts, especially from some of their star players who seemed invisible in their last outing. The Jets play their last game before heading to Winnipeg for their home opener, Lets Go!

Kings

The Kings opened their season Wednesday night with a loss to the San Jose Sharks. It started as a night of celebration in Los Angeles as the Kings raised their second Stanley Cup banner in three years. That however, was the only celebrating the home crowd got as the Sharks blanked the Kings by a score of 4-0. They then traveled to Arizona where they dropped a 3-2 overtime decision. This is not new to the Kings, after winning the cup the last time they started the next campaign 0-3. L.A. is a team of veterans and you can bet this will not phase them. Much of the team that went on the historic playoff run last season is back and looking to do it again. The Kings are a big tough team and under Darryl Sutter, will never be an easy team to play against, the Jets will need an A+ effort to get by LA Sunday.

Jets

The Jets came off a terrific outing in Arizona in their season opener and followed it up with a stinker last night in San Jose. It was sure to be a disappointment in the locker room, but Winnipeg will not need to dwell on it long as they get right back to the grind when they take on the L.A. Kings just 24 hours after their last performance. As in all back to backs, the Jets biggest challenge may be fatigue. 2 games in less than 48 hours is never easy and the challenge of the defending Stanley Cup Champions will not help matters.

Keys to the Game

Goaltending: Though nothing has been announced, I expect Michael Hutchinson to get his first start of the season in L.A. The rookie who made a ton of noise at the end of last season had a disappointing pre season and will be looking to get back on track now that the games really matter. His play will be a huge factor in if the Jets have a chance Sunday night or not.

Manage Fatigue: Both teams will be playing the second half of back to backs. It will be the team that best manages their fatigue and can use a full lineup to stay fresh that will win.

STU!!!: Mark Stuart will be playing his 500th career NHL game Sunday night. The 2003 1st round pick of the Boston Bruins has been an important piece in the Jets blue line since their relocation. He will not do much flashy but there a few who work harder or do the little things better.

Starting Goalies

Michael Hutchinson (0-0-0) GAA: 0.00 SV% .000
Martin Jones (0-0-0) GAA: 0.00 SV% 1.000

Injuries

Cormier, WPG, (Eye) out
Kane, WPG, (Knee) out

Lewis, LA, (UBI) day-to-day
Muzzin, LA, (UBI) day-to-day
Bodnarchuk, LA, (Knee) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 1-1-0
Kings: 0-1-0

Prediction

Kings take do just enough to squeak by Jets.
Kings 3 Jets 2 O.T.

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