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Los Angeles at Winnipeg

Venue: MTS Centre

In their second game as a Western Conference team, the Winnipeg Jets will seek to match their best start in franchise history.

The Los Angeles Kings, meanwhile, will try to secure their best in 10 seasons after Friday night's visit to Winnipeg by also building on a comeback victory in its opener.

The Jets (1-0-0) trailed by two goals midway through the second period Tuesday in Edmonton before Michael Frolik found the net twice and Jacob Trouba scored in his first NHL game. Frolik, part of a Stanley Cup-winning team in Chicago last season, netted the tiebreaking goal in the 5-4 win with 5:02 remaining.

"It was a really up-and-down game, but we battled hard, especially in the end," he said. "It was a good finish for us, and we can be happy with the way we turned the game around.

"I don't think that we can afford to give up that many goals. The defense could be a little tighter."

Winnipeg will try for a better defensive effort while improving to 2-0-0 for the first time since 2009-10, when the franchise was in its penultimate season as the Atlanta Thrashers. The Thrashers also won their first two games in 2003-04.

"Players want to get off to a good start," coach Claude Noel said. "We're happy (the season opener) is behind us. Our task is to continue to get better."

The Kings will try to spoil Winnipeg's home opener while winning its first two games for the first time since a 3-0-0 start in 2002-03.

Los Angeles (1-0-0) came back from a pair of early one-goal deficits Thursday for a 3-2 shootout victory in Minnesota. Jeff Carter scored the tying goal with 6:46 remaining in regulation and the shootout winner.

Jonathan Quick kept the Wild scoreless over the final 42:48 of regulation and the five-minute overtime, then foiled Minnesota's two shootout attempts.

"He was huge," center Anze Kopitar said. "Over the course of the past three or four years we've gotten pretty familiar with his play. He's always been back there holding strong for us, and tonight was no different.

"He held us in there and we found a way to score a goal at the end of the game, and finished it off in the shootout."

The Kings are facing the Jets for the first time since a 1-0 overtime loss in Winnipeg on Dec. 29, 2011. Los Angeles is 1-2-2 in its last five matchups with that franchise after going 7-0-2 in its first nine.

After playing the Jets just once since their move from Atlanta, the Kings will face them three times this season. The next meeting, though, isn't until March 6 in Winnipeg.

Frolik scored all three of his goals last season against Los Angeles and had two of his seven assists. He tallied just one assist in Chicago's five-game victory over the Kings in the conference championship series.

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Team Standings W L OT Pts L 10
Los Angeles5th Pacific 22184485-5-0
Winnipeg6th Central 20234443-6-1

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