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Game #17 Preview and GDT: Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets

Los Angeles Kings v Winnipeg Jets Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images

The Winnipeg Jets have scratched and clawed their way to a 7-7-2 record, and will look to improve above .500 against a Los Angeles Kings side which is just 2-6-0 on the road.

Even without lighting the lamp in his last two tilts, Patrik Laine is up to an incredible 11 goals in 16 games, not to mention his point-per-game pace. While Laine hasn't found twine the last two games, Blake Wheeler has once in each, ending his 11 game goalless drought. The Winnipeg Jets captain is now up to five goals and 13 points in 16 games, all while averaging 20:51 TOI. And yes, we still love Nikolaj Ehlers, even if overtime against Colorado wasn't exactly his finest moment:

Winnipeg remains hobbled upfront, with Mathieu Perreault now being placed on IR and Quinton Howden recalled from the Manitoba Moose. The versatile forward has been strong in the AHL, a solid depth signing by Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. If he draws into the lineup and plays well, Howden will constitute yet another body which could replace some others on the roster (**cough Burmistrov Stafford cough**). Meanwhile, Jacob Trouba's return to the fold may have come just in time:

The Los Angeles Kings are likely to continue their unexpected dependence on Peter Budaj, after Jeff Zatkoff fell to injury once more and the team recalled Jack Campbell on an emergency basis. The 34-year-old is up to seven wins, five losses and a .912 Sv%, numbers which aren't stellar, but might be just good enough behind a possession dominant Kings squad. LA has managed to avoid collapse without Jonathan Quick. This potential absence, however, may be more than even the Kings can handle:

When, Where & How

Sunday, Nov. 13, 1:00 p.m. CT, MTS Centre
Radio: TSN 1290

Winnipeg Jets Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nikolaj Ehlers Mark Scheifele Patrik Laine
Kyle Connor Nic Petan Blake Wheeler
Andrew Copp Adam Lowry Brandon Tanev
Marko Dano Alexander Burmistrov Chris Thorburn
Left Defence
Right Defence
Josh Morrissey Dustin Byfuglien
Tobias Enstrom Tyler Myers
Ben Chiarot Jacob Trouba
Connor Hellebuyck
Michael Hutchinson

Los Angeles Kings Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tanner Pearson
Anze Kopitar Teddy Purcell
Dwight King Jeff Carter Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown Nic Dowd Devin Steoguchi
Kyle Clifford Nick Shore Trevor Lewis
Left Defence
Right Defence
Derek Forbort Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin Alec Martinez
Kevin Gravel Matt Greene
Peter Budaj
Jack Campbell