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GDT: Winnipeg Jets at Los Angeles Kings

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Tonight the Winnipeg Jets are in Los Angeles to take on the Kings. Will they be able to recover from the crushing shut out against the Sharks or will the dominant Kings skate away with their first regular season win?

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The Winnipeg Jets (1-1-0) are in Los Angeles to play the Kings (0-1-1) tonight at 9 p.m. (CT). The Jets are looking to recover from being shutout against the San Jose Sharks last night while the Los Angeles Kings are searching for their first regular season victory.

The game is being broadcast on TSN3 (MTS channel 22, Shaw 238) and Fox Sportsnet West.

Lineups

Winnipeg

Dustin Byfuglien - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Michael Frolik
Adam Lowry - Mathieu Perreault - T.J. Galiardi
Matt Halischuk - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn
Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba
Zach Bogosian - Tobias Enstrom
Paul Postma - Adam Pardy
Michael Hutchinson

Ondrej Pavelec

Los Angeles

Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Andy Andreoff
Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King - Mike Richards - Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford - Jarret Stoll - Jordan Nolan
Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr - Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez - Matt Greene
Martin Jones
Jonathan Quick

Player to Watch

Dustin Byfuglien's anger got the better of him in the Jets last game and he was ejected after being given a 2 minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for snowing the Sharks goalie and a subsequent 10 minute misconduct penalty for yelling at the ref and taking his frustration out on the penalty box with his stick. These two penalties came just mere minutes after Big Bad Buff served a 2 minute tripping penalty and he was less than pleased with the entire situation, even continuing his tirade on his walk to the dressing room.

(H/T PuckDrunkLove)

Tonight the key for Byfuglien will be to manage his play on the top line, while trying to not get frustrated with the highly talented Kings team. His speed and focus need to be on point as he works with linemates Scheifele and Wheeler and he'll need to keep his emotions in check if things start going squirrelly out there for the Jets. Byfuglien has proven that he can be very effective on the ice when he remains calm and focused, but one has to wonder at what point the Jets coaching staff starts realizing what we all already know: Byfuglien needs to be moved back to defence.