Los Angeles Kings (1-0-1) at Winnipeg Jets (1-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm (MTS Centre)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -185 / Los Angeles Kings +160 — Over/Under: 5.5
The Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell MTS Place.
The Los Angeles Kings look to build on their three point start to the season when they begin a four-game road trip. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Iafallo leads Los Angeles with two goals, Tyler Toffoli has two assists and Trevor Lewis has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jack Campbell has given up two goals on 38 shots faced and Jonathan Quick has allowed three goals on 33 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 14 games.
The Winnipeg Jets have scored six goals and allowed six goals, and they’ll take their home ice for the first time this season. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Connor leads Winnipeg with two goals, Jacob Trouba has two assists and Patrik Laine has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up six goals on 77 shots faced. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed one goal in four of their last seven games. Nic Petan is questionable for this game due to personal reasons.
The Kings are 2-8 in their last 10 games following a win, 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Jets are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 43-13 in their last 56 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Kings are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Winnipeg and the home team is 16-7 in the last 23 meetings.
The Winnipeg Jets were one of the better home teams in the league last year and the home team has dominated the series between the Kings and Jets. Without Jonathan Quick in the net, the Kings are more than beatable, as I’m not sure how much I trust Campbell and his lack of experience. I’m going to side with the Jets in their home opener.