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Two teams hurtling in opposite directions will meet up Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Kings host the Winnipeg Jets at Staples Center.The Jets (22-9-2) have won a season-high five straight games , taking the past three in overtime, and they have won nine of 10 overall. Winnipeg knocked off the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 in overtime Sunday to move atop the Central Division.The Kings (11-20-3) have lost four in a row and six of seven. They own the fewest points in the NHL (25) and have yet to earn a point in three consecutive games this season.Article continues below ...Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin said frustration continues to build in the dressing room, but it’s important the players release their tension in positive ways.“We have to stick together as a team, that’s first and foremost, and everyone grab a shovel and start digging,” he told reporters after a 4-3 overtime road loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. “If we start pointing fingers, the team crumbles. I believe in this team. Obviously, we have a lot of guys hurt, but we can’t be making excuses, we have to come together as a team and get out of this together.”Los Angeles is the lowest-scoring team in the NHL at 2.18 goals a game, a good distance from the Arizona Coyotes, the second-lowest scoring team (2.50).Winnipeg Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey , meanwhile, has combined for 27 goals in its five-game winning streak to move to fourth in the NHL at 3.64 goals a game.Patrik Laine had a four-game point streak end in the win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, but Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien each extended his point streaks to five games, and Mathieu Perreault scored a goal for the fourth consecutive game.“Right now, I’m just riding the wave,” Perreault told the Winnipeg Sun before Sunday’s win. “It’s been that way for my entire career, really. I’ve been a streaky player, not that my game gets any different, but sometimes the bounces go your way and, right now, that’s what has happened. Obviously, it gives you more confidence when pucks are going in. … You feel like the net’s a little bigger.”Scheifele’s point streak consists of five goals and nine assists , which moved him to fifth in the NHL with 46 points. He scored a goal against the Kings for the first time in his career in a 2-1 win in Winnipeg on Oct. 9.Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is expected to start against the Jets. Quick has struggled in his career against Winnipeg, owning a 4-5-2 record, 3.02 goals-against average and .888 save percentage. The Jets are the only NHL team averaging more than three goals a game against Quick.Quick, who was injured and did not play in the loss to the Jets earlier this season, said he views each matchup with a clean slate.“It doesn’t matter if we won the last 10 or lost the last 10,” he said. “It’s a one-day-at-a-time job.” GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Boston Bruins have a short turnaround between games before they play the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, and they’re no doubt hoping that doesn’t make for a long night at Gila River Arena.Right now, the Bruins are playing very short-handed. And the Coyotes are playing short-handed like no other NHL team in 30 years.The Coyotes (9-8-1) have lost four of six games, but they’ve won five of their last six on home ice. Short-handed goals are a major reason for that — they have an NHL-leading 10 of them, or more than double any other team. Michael Grabner has four short-handed goals himself, and Brad Richardson has three.Article continues below ...The last team to have at least 10 short-handed goals through their first 18 games was the Edmonton Oilers Authentic Derwin James Jersey , who had 11 in 1988-89. The Flyers also had 11 in 1973-74 and the St. Louis Blues had 10 in 1975-76.The Coyotes have more short-handed goals than they have power-play goals (9).“It’s incredible all the shorties we’ve had,” goaltender Darcy Kuemper.The Bruins (10-6-3) must think it’s incredible how many injuries they’ve had.They’re so depleted along the blue line, they called up not one but two defensemen in Jakob Zboril and Connor Clifton to make their NHL debuts as they lost 1-0 to the Dallas Stars in overtime Friday night. Their current top-pairing defenseman, Matt Grzelcyk, was their No. 7 defenseman to begin the season.“It’s the National Hockey League, you can either play in it or you can’t, and we’ll find out with some of these guys,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Friday. “Sometimes this is the best way to find out, that’s the positive in it. The negative is we’ve got a lot of good players out of the lineup back there.”Among the defensemen currently out is Zdeno Chara, who was sent back to Boston for testing following a 6-3 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.“No, not this many at the same time,” Cassidy said when asked if he’s seen a team go through something like this. “Clearly you lose guys through the course of the year , five or six, but not at the same time.”Now, the Bruins must play a back-to-back on the road when they’re far from full strength.“It will be a challenge, no doubt,” Cassidy said.Tuukka Rask made 36 saves Friday but gave up Jason Dickinson’s game-winning goal off a rebound 1:34 into overtime. The Bruins couldn’t get any of their 23 shots past Stars goalie Ben Bishop.The injuries are mounting up, too, for the Coyotes, who apparently lost top-pair defenseman Jason Demers to a season-ending lower-body injury in the final minute of their 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday. Demers scored his first goal of the season in that game.Defensemen Jakob Chychrun, who has played only one game, and Alex Goligoski also are out, so the Coyotes called up Dakota Mermis and Robbie Russo from Tucson IAHL) to replace them.“This is what happens in terms of having depth on the blue line,” coach Rick Tocchet said Friday. “You get tested. These are the times of the year when you’re getting tested with injuries.”Jaroslav Halak is expected to be in goal for Boston. He took the loss Wednesday at Colorado Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey , giving up six goals on 25 shots, but is 2-2 with a 2.16 goals-against average this season. In his career, Halak is 8-3-2 with a 2.08 goals-average and a .927 save percentage against Arizona.The Coyotes are expected to give Kuemper his seventh consecutive start in place of the injured Antti Raanta, who could be returning soon. Kuemper made a career-high 44 saves against Nashville and is 4-4-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average.Kuemper lost his two previous starts against the Bruins, allowing six goals on 46 shots (3.04 goals-against average).The Coyotes’ short-handed success is one reason why they’ve made a significant turnaround from last season, when they were 2-13-3 through 18 games. They didn’t win their ninth game then until Dec. 27, in game 39.“The guys (are) working so hard, giving them a lot of pressure and not letting them set up and make the plays they want. I think that’s why we’ve had the success we’ve had,” Kuemper said of the Coyotes’ penalty-killing unit.
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