LOS ANGELES - The Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night have a chance to do what no other NHL team has done this season: Beat all three California teams on their own ice.
The Jets handed the Anaheim Ducks their first loss on home ice in January, and on Thursday night they got past the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in the second of their five-game road trip that continues Saturday night at Staples Center.
If the Jets can beat the Kings, head coach Paul Maurice believes it will show Winnipeg is learning how to survive in the bigger, badder Western Conference.
"We're at the point of being built in a manner that can play in the Western Conference," Maurice said Friday. "When we play the big teams, the two teams that, from the bench, I felt we had the least handle on was in Anaheim (a 3-2 win on Jan. 21) and the first two periods of Chicago (a 3-1 win on Jan. 26).