Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 2 @ Winnipeg
October 4, 2013
5pm PST (8pm EST)
After opening their season with a shootout win Tursday at Minnesota, the Los Angeles Kings are right back at it on Friday when they pay a visit to Winnipeg's MTS Center to take on the Jets.
Having won their game in St. Paul in over 19 months, the Kings are riding-high even though the season is just one game old. After a sluggish start, Los Angeles picked themselves up with timely goaltending from Jonathan Quick and some outstanding defense, especially from Trevor Lewis who made a Quick-like save late in the third to save the game and send it into overtime.
Heading into Winnipeg for their second contest in as many nights, it's most likely that the Kings will go with Ben Scrivens in net who will be making his regular-season debut for the silver-and-black.
Having narrowly missed the playoffs in each of their first two seasons in the Manitoba capital, the Jets are as determined as ever to make 2013-14 count as not only making the playoffs will be good enough. The franchise has had little to celebrate when it was located in Atlanta but since moving north, the modern-day Jets have an exciting, young team which brings a lot of promise, even more than during the Ilya Kovalchuk era when they were still the Thrashers. Like Los Angeles, Winnipeg is off to a 1-0-0 and like their opponents, they just want to capitalize on their momentum.
The Kings hope to start 2-0-0 before heading back to sunny California in preparation for their home-opener on Monday night. Should they hope to do this, the Kings will have to get past the likes of Kane, Wheeler and Bogosian in addition to netminder Andrej Pavelec who has a lot to prove this year.
We'll see what the Kings have in store.
Enjoy the game!