Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 64 @ Winnipeg
March 6, 2014
4pm PST (7pm EST)
Thursday night will mark just the third time the Los Angeles Kings will pay a visit to Winnipeg's MTS Centre. The first time was December 29, 2011 when the Kings lost 1-0 in overtime. The second instance came back on October 4 when they lost 5-3. The silver-and-black certainly hope the third time's the charm.
This will be the second of three meetings this season between the Kings and the Winnipeg Jets. While they struggled a fair bit this season, the Jets have been on fire since replacing Claude Noel with Paul Maurice behind the bench on January 12. Since then, the Jets have lost just two regulation games in their last 10 (11-3-2 since the change) and sit just outside of a playoff spot in this their first season in the Western Conference.
As successful as they have been as of late, the Jets received some bad news on Wednesday when it was learned that forward Mark Schiefele suffered an MCL sprain and would miss the next 6-8 weeks as a result. Fortunately for the Kings, they have a clean bill of health. Better, they will be welcoming someone new to the fold on Thursday.
Before Wednesday's trade deadline, the Kings acquired speedy forward Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for the underachieving Matt Frattin and a pair of conditional draft picks. While he is prone to injury, the 32-year-old Gaborik was brought to the Kings to add a scoring touch. Hopefully, he can make a difference in the silver-and-black and extend his new team's winning ways.
Anze Kopitar is on a hot streak for the Kings. In his four games since returning from Sochi, the Slovenian has two goals and three assists. Justin Williams has been doing well since the break as well notching five points in his last four. As for the Jets, captain Andrew Ladd is riding high with four goals in his last four games.
Since the Jets returned to Winnipeg, the Kings have been without a win in the frigid Manitoba capital. They will be determined to change that on Thursday night with the help of the newest King, Marian Gaborik, who will be wearing No. 12 for his new club.
Enjoy the game!