The Jets play their first home game of the 2018-19 schedule, and hope to continue the success they had on it last season. Last year they owned the NHL’s best home ice record at 32-7-5. They now face a Kings team that will be missing one of their key pieces in the line-up.
Kings vs Jets Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Analysis
Both teams enter this contest with identical 1-1 records. Last season, the Jets took two of three games from the Kings, and were 1-1 on home ice against them. Also two of out of the three games went under the totals last season. The Kings have struggled in the Manitoba capital, going 3-9 in their last 12 games in Winnipeg. The home team in this head-to-head series is 16-7 (straight up) in their last 23 games. The Jets are 0-4 in their last four games against Pacific division teams, and the Kings are 0-4 in their last four road games (dating back to last season).
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings flew into Winnipeg Monday afternoon after a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night. Alex Iafallo scored a pair of goals in the victory. This will be the first game of a four game road trip that sees the Kings make stops in Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Over this time they’ll have to do it without a former team MVP. The club received some bad news prior to the game Sunday morning, as star goaltender Jonathan Quick was placed on IR with a lower-body injury. There is no timetable set for the former Conn Smythe trophy winner.
In his place, the Kings have recalled 36-year-old Peter Budaj who was playing for the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League to back up newly-minted starter Jack Campbell. Campbell was the goaltender of record in the win Sunday night stopping 36-of-38 shots he faced. Last season he went 2-0-2 with a goals-against average of 2.84 and a save percentage of .924 in four starts with the Kings. Overall, this will be career game number nine for Campbell.
Through two games this season, new Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk has two assists, and is a plus three. Ironically, Tuesday night he faces the franchise that drafted him into the league as the Atlanta Thrashers selected Kovalchuk in the first round, first overall in 2001 draft.
The Jets return to Winnipeg for their home opener against the Los Angeles Kings for game three of the regular season. The Jets went 1-1 on their short two game road trip with stops in St. Louis (5-1 win) and Dallas (5-1 loss), and one stat really sticks out; shots allowed. Through two games, the Jets gave allowed 77 shots on goal. Defensively speaking, that won’t win many games. The Jets have also taken nine minor penalties in two games, and allowed three power-play goals against versus Dallas on Saturday.
Connor Hellebuyck has been solid through two games, with save percentage of .930. He will get the start against the Kings. Of note, sophomore Kyle Connor is off to a great start, with two goals and an assist; he leads the team in scoring. He is a plus three, and has eight shots on goal. Veteran defenceman Tyler Myers had a rough night Saturday as he was on the ice for four Stars goals, and in the penalty box for the other one.