The Jets make their first trip of the season to the state of California where they will play their next three games starting with the Kings on Wednesday night. Jets are 7-2-1 in their last ten games, facing a Los Angeles team that has hit a cold spell as of late, despite being first place in the Pacific division. The Kings are 3-6-1 in their last ten games.
This will be the first of three games head to head between the Jets and the Kings this season. The Kings hold the edge all-time against the Jets with a 14-12 record. The game is also in Los Angeles, where the Kings have a 9-4 record against the Jets. The Jets have average 4.5 goals against in those 13 games in L.A. The last time these two teams met was back on March 23, with the Kings winning 5-2.
The Jets hit the midway point of their four game road trip with a date with the Kings Thursday night. The team was in Nashville Monday and dropped a 5-3 decision to the Predators. The team is now a respectable 12-5-3 on the season (5-3-2 on the road).
Patrik Laine’s eight-game points streak came to an end on Monday night. Last year’s Calder Trophy runner-up has 10 goals and five assists in 20 games. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 of 29 shots suffering only his second regulation loss of the season. Signs point to veteran Steve Mason making only his sixth start of the season. Since his return from injury, Mathieu Perreault has five points in three games.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings are sitting atop the Pacific division with a 12-7-2 record (6-4-2 at home), coming off a 4-2 setback to the Vegas Golden Knights Sunday night. Kings center Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists). He’s been held without a point for two straight games, after a 10-game point streak. The Kings boast the league’s best penalty kill with a 90.1 percent efficiently. They’ll be facing a Jets team that has the sixth best power-play (22.7 percent).
It should be interesting to see who John Stevens starts in this one. Goaltender Jonathan Quick was pulled Sunday night after allowing three goals on six shots vs. the Golden Knights, but don’t be surprised to see the former Vezina Trophy winner to return to the net Wednesday evening.
Jets vs. Kings Prediction