– The last time the Kings won their season opener in extra time they won the Stanley Cup.
– The Kings haven’t won their first two games since the ’02-’03 season.
– The Kings haven’t played the Jets since 2011, a 1-0 overtime loss for Los Angeles.
We waited all summer and we’re getting hit with a double shot of hockey this weekend. The Kings are set to play their second game in as many nights when they take on the Winnipeg Jets tonight. This will be the second game of the season for both teams but the Jets are coming off of three days of rest.
The Jets were part of the NHL’s kick-off and played on the leagues opening night against the Edmonton Oilers. They have not played since, so expect them to be well rested for tonight’s game in the Peg. It will be the Jets’ home opener, so the already rowdy crowd at the MTS Centre is sure to be on another level tonight.
Jets players had no problem finding the back of the net in the season opener and have four players coming in with goals through one game, including rookie Jacob Trouba. The Kings will have to slow them down and not give up a five goal game if they want a shot at winning this game.
The Kings are coming off of a 3-2 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild. Jonathan quick made 27 saves and Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter found the back of the net to force overtime and then the shootout. Quick shut down the Wild’s shooters and Anze Kopitar and Carter scored to grab the extra point.
The Kings are going into tonight’s game with no listed injuries and will have both Willie Mitchell and Dustin Brown in the line-up, unlike yesterday when they were both questionable before the start of the game. The Kings have plenty of room to improve from last night’s match-up but showing the resiliency to come back and force extra time to steal the win is always a good thing.
Puck drop for tonight is scheduled for the 5:00PST. The Kings will have a few days off before their next game on Monday night against the Rangers in Los Angeles.