Recreation Day: Jets, minus Trouba, go on residence stand vs. Kings

You’ll want to catch the JetsTV Stay Pre-Game Show with Jamie Thomas, Mitchell Clinton & more beginning at 6:00pm CT right here on WinnipegJets.com and the Jets mobile app, as well as YouTube and Facebook Dwell.WINNIPEG – Bell MTS Place has been the definition of ‘home sweet home’ for the Winnipeg Jets this season.But the Jets’ house record – the third best in the NHL at 26-7-2 – will face a stiff test against the Los Angeles Kings tonight. The 21 wins Los Angeles has on the road are the fourth most in the league.”I think they’re really confident in the way they’re structured defensively,” said Blake Wheeler, whose two points against the Stars earned him a new career high in points with 80.”I don’t think they try to sell many tickets on the road. They’re just comfortable playing the way they’re playing. Our next few games are going to look the same way. It’s going to be a heavy opponent tonight. Can’t be any frustration, we just have to stay with it all night, go hard at them for 60 minutes, and give ourselves a chance to win.” Video: PREGAME | Blake Wheeler The last time the Kings were in Winnipeg, they came in after playing the night before in Chicago, and beat the Jets 4-3.It’ll be a similar situation tonight, as the Jets face a Kings team that rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in overtime last night.”It’s going to be a heavy lifting video game,” said Ben Chiarot. “All the Pacific Division teams, and Western Conference teams for that matter, they play a heavy game. LA is kind of the team that started that, when they started winning their Cups was playing that heavy, grinding match.”It’s the third game of a six-game home stand for the Jets, who will start Eric Comrie between the pipes. It will be Comrie’s third career NHL start, but his first one in front of the property crowd at the NHL level.”I’m really excited to do it in front of the fans here,” said Comrie, whose family lives in California.”I get to skate with a lot of those guys in the summer as well at the Toyota Center in El Segundo. I get to see them a lot, and I’ve seen them a lot growing up. It’s cool and I’m really excited to be able to go out there and hopefully get two points.”Video: PREGAME | Eric ComrieComrie’s start also gives Connor Hellebuyck a night off, after the Jets All-Star netminder has appeared in 19 of Winnipeg’s 22 games since the All-Star break.Jacob Trouba will not play, after Maurice confirmed the defenceman sustained a concu sion in a collision with Jamie Benn on Sunday.The rest of the Laurent Brossoit Jersey Jets (43-19-10) line-up is expected to look like this:Connor-Scheifele-WheelerEhlers-Stastny-LainePerreault-Copp-LittleTanev-Lowry-ArmiaMorri sey-MyersEnstrom-ByfuglienMorrow-ChiarotThe forward units for both teams are distinctly different from the previous meeting back on Feb. 20.The Jets have since added Paul Stastny (who has 10 points in 10 games), and have also inserted Adam Lowry back into the line-up.Video: PREGAME | Ben ChiarotIn total, seven of the 12 Jets forwards have experience at centre, giving Maurice flexibility in terms of match-ups.”You’re not looking to pull a line off the ice. You’re not looking to short shift a guy, or mi s a line. We’ve got match-ups we want, but the flow of the activity is more important with our group now than nece sarily finding a match-up,” said head coach Paul Maurice.”We’re testing that as well, how far can we stretch those match-ups and play. The Teemu Selanne Jersey Stastny line is interesting, because they’ve scored goals against the other team’s best, because the other team’s best – if it’s an offensive line – is looking to take those chances as well.”As we get closer to those four centres being in our line-up, we’ll get into a better rhythm off the bench.”Video: PREGAME | Paul MauriceJeff Carter returned to the Kings line-up just four days after the Kings last played in Winnipeg. Since his return from a lacerated ankle tendon that kept the 33-year-old out of 55 games, Carter has eight goals and 10 points in 12 games.He’s also helped the Kings (40-27-6) get to third in the Pacific Division. At 86 points, they’re tied with both wildcard teams, and are two points clear of the Dallas Stars – who are two points below the playoff line.”You’ve got another big powerful centre that can do a lot of what Paul (Stastny) does,” said Maurice. “You don’t have to run (Anze) Kopitar against the other team’s best and be real fine with that match-up, because Carter can come out and do the exact same thing: score and defend at the same time.”It makes you, running your bench, quite a bit different.”Puck drop is set for 7 pm CT.- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.comJETS Activity NOTESTonight’s GameThe Winnipeg Jets entertain the Los Angeles Kings tonight in the third video game of a six-game hom estand…The Jets defeated the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Sunday night to move to 2-0 during the dwelling stand…After tonight’s sport, the Jets welcome the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and Nashville Predators on Sunday.Jets vs. Kings Notes- The Jets are 8-6-1 against the Kings since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season.- The Jets have a point in five of the last seven games against Los Angeles (4-2-1).- The Jets are 8-for-22 (36.4%) on the power play in their last four games against the Kings.- The Jets franchise is 8-3-0 in their last 11 household match against Los Angeles.Magical Time of YearThe Jets magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at nine…Based on points percentage, the projected points needed to make the playoffs in the Western Conference is 96 points, which the Jets have achieved with 10 games remaining in the regular season.Household, Sweet HomeThe Jets have a share of the NHL lead in points at house with 54 and wins at property with 26…They have move into sole po se sion of first place in both of those categories with a victory tonight…Winnipeg has also scored a league-high 137 goals at property this seasonWins RecordsThe Jets enter tonight’s sport with 43 wins and can establish a franchise record for most wins in a season with a victory tonight…This is the fifth time in franchise history the team has won 40 games in a season, including the third time in the last four seasons…The Jets set a franchise record for the most dwelling wins in a season on Thursday with their 25th win at Bell MTS Place this season and have the NHL’s best household power play at 27.4%.Against the PacificThe Jets are 15-4-2 against Pacific Division foes this season, including a 9-1-2 record in their last dozen games versus the Pacific…Winnipeg is 7-1-1 at Bell MTS Place against their Pacific Division foes with their lone regulation lo s coming to Los Angeles onFeb. 20… Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck leads the NHL with 13 wins against the Pacific, while Nikolaj Ehlers and Bryan Little lead the Jets with 21 points in 21 games against the Pacific Division.Laine’s WorldPatrik Laine scored twice in Sunday’s win against Dallas to extend his point streak to 15 games (18G, 8A), which is a franchise record, the NHL record for longest point streak by a teenager and the longest active streak in the NHL… He has had two separate goal scoring streaks of five and six games during the 15 contests and the Finnish winger has not gone three games without a goal since Jan. 2- 7…Laine has 12 goals in March, which is a franchise record for most goals in March in a season…He is two goals behind the franchise record for most goals in a month, which is held by Ilya Kovalchuk (14 in November – 2007)…The NHL record for most goals in a season in March is held by Teemu Selanne, who scored 20 goals as a member of Jets 1.0 in 1993…Laine has 43 goals this season, which is tied for first in the NHL, and 79 goals in his first two seasons, which leads the NHL since the start of last season…Laine’s 79 goals as a teenager is third-most in NHL history, six behind Dale Hawerchuk (85) for second place.A sists LeaderBlake Wheeler notched his 61st a sist of the season on Sunday against Dallas https://www.unionjets.com/winnipeg-jets-jersey/laurie-boschman-jersey to extend his a sist streak to three games…He joins Marc Savard (69 in 2006-07) as the only two players in franchise history to reach 60 a sists in a season…Wheeler leads the NHL in a sists and needs nine a sists in his last 10 games to set a franchise record for most a sists in a season…Wheeler also leads the NHL with 44 primary a sists…Since the all-star break, Wheeler has 21 a sists in 22 games and hasn’t gone back-to-back games without an a sist since Jan. 23-25.On the DrawMark Scheifele returned to the Jets line-up on Sunday and won a career-high 18 face-offs in 29 opportunities…He pa sed the 17 face-offs he won earlier this season Dec. 7 at FLA…It’s the most face-offs won in a match by a Jets player this season and three shy of the franchise record of 21 face-off wins.Jets vs. Kings All-Time RecordsOverall: 13-14-1At Bell MTS Place: 5-3-0At STAPLES Center: 5-8-1

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