Winnipeg Jets vs. L.A. Kings
NHL: Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:00 PM EST
The Jets have been hot and have been hot for a while winning three in a row and eight of their last 10 games. With their surge, they have climbed up the standings in the Western Conference where they now have the 4th most points. Winnipeg has played particularly well on defense in the last couple of weeks and they are tied for 7th in the NHL in GAA.
The Kings have lost three of their last four games and they are tied with the New Jersey Devils for the 2nd fewest points in the NHL. They have struggled on both sides of the ice on the season ranking 25th in the league in GAA and tied for 3rd in goals per game.
These teams met in Winnipeg on October 23rd where the Kings beat the Jets 3-2.
Defense has Killed it as of LateThe defense for the Jets has been solid in their recent surge, they are coming off a shutout win, and in their last two games, they have only allowed one goal. In their last game they shut out the Anaheim Ducks beating them 3-0 where three different players scored, Blake Wheeler had two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck (13-7-1 2.23 GAA) stopped all 24 shots he faced.
Hellebuyck has been in goal in the last two games only allowing one goal on 57 shots and is tied for the league lead in wins and ranks 3rd in save percentage. However, Laurent Brossoit (3-2 3.89 GAA) is slated to get the start in this game and the Jets have won his last three starts where he gave up three goals in each one. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg in points and assists and has three goals and four assists in his last five games and Kyle Conner and Nikolaj Ehlers have combined for 22 goals. The Jets last two wins have been on the road and on the season they are tied with the Washington Capitals for the most road wins in the league with 10.
The Wrong Side of 4-1 this TimeIn their last game, the L.A. Kings lost to the San Jose Sharks 4-1 after beating the New York Islanders 4-1 in their previous game. In their loss to the Sharks they gave up all four goals in the first two periods, Kyle Clifford scored the lone goal, and Jonathan Quick (7-10-1 3.36 GAA) did not have a good game giving up four goals on only 22 shots.
Quick has had a tough season so far and is scheduled to get the start against Winnipeg. In his last three starts, he gave up four goals in two of them in two losses but only gave up one goal in the won win in that span. He was in between the pipes for the win over the Jets earlier this season where he gave up two goals on 26 shots in the 3-2 L.A. win. The Kings’ offense has not been a good one this season and Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter have combined for 18 goals while no other player on the team has more than six goals. L.A. has been terrible on the road this season but at home, they are 8-5-1 and they have won six of their last seven games on home ice.
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the L.A. Kings are:
- 2-4 in their last 6 games
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team from the Western Conference
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Winnipeg Jets are:
- 6-1 in their last 7 games
- 7-1 in their last 8 road games