WINNIPEG Los Angeles Kings Hoodies Authentic , Manitoba —game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place could be a preview of next spring’s Stanley Cup final.Both teams have been making a good case.The Jets have won eight of nine games to push their record to 21-9-2 for 44 points, good for first place in the Central Division going into Saturday night’s action. Article continues below ...The Lightning, meanwhile, have the best record in the NHL at 25-7-1 for 51 points and have won eight consecutive games, the second-longest winning streak in the league this season, trailing only the Buffalo Sabres’ 10.The Jets will be playing their third game in four nights on Sunday and are coming off overtime wins over the Edmonton Oilers (5-4) and Chicago Blackhawks (4-3) on Thursday and Friday, respectively.The Lightning, meanwhile, dismissed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Thursday, their nearest rival in the Atlantic Division, and now embark on a four-game road trip.Lightning coach Jon Cooper thought his team controlled one minute of that game and the Leafs controlled the other 59. But the Lightning scored two goals in the last minute of the second period.“That was the game,” Cooper told the Tampa Bay Times.The Jets and Lightning split two games last season, with each team winning on home ice.All eyes will be the Jets’ Mark Scheifele Los Angeles Kings Hats Authentic , who scored the winner on Friday and has rocketed into the league’s top five scorers in the last six weeks with 43 points, and Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who has 15 goals and 33 points in 33 games.In addition to having 20 goals, sitting just three behind right winger Patrik Laine for the team lead, Scheifele also centers the No. 1 power play unit.The Jets have scored eight times with the man-advantage in the past four games to move back into top spot in the league with a 30.2 percent efficiency. The Lightning are second at 29.3 percent.Tampa Bay is the most prolific scoring team in the league with 134 goals and the Jets are third with 116.Jets coach Paul Maurice has the utmost confidence in his assistant captain and believes Scheifele is playing the same type of hockey he was late last year when the Jets made it to the Western Conference finals.“He’s almost at that playoff level where he was last year,” he told The Winnipeg Sun after Friday’s game. “And (he’s scoring) big goals for us, game-winners and from different places. He’s just been great.”The battle of goaltenders will also be front and center. The Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck has won five of his last six starts and Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy returned from an injury on Thursday to make 48 saves in his first action in more than a month.Hellebuyck was second in voting for the Vezina Trophy last season for the NHL’s top goaltender and Vasilevskiy was third. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Some comebacks are routine, others a tad more daunting. The latter applies to Ryan Kesler.Kesler, sidelined almost half of last season and the first couple of games this year after hip surgery, hinted at returning to form Wednesday night, scoring twice in the Anaheim Ducks‘ 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders.Kesler scored the Ducks’ first two goals, providing an early cushion the Islanders could never overcome. New York did not score until there were 34.8 seconds left.“He kick started our offense,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.The Ducks improved to 5-1-1 on the season Custom Los Angeles Kings Jerseys , while the Islanders fell to 2-3.John Gibson turned away 34 of 35 shots for Anaheim, while Thomas Greiss stopped 21 of 24 shots for New York.Kesler opened the scoring at the end of the first period, cashing in on a power play when he backhanded in a rebound with 4.4 seconds left.New York thought it had tied the game at 1-1 in the second period when Cal Clutterbuck poked the puck into the net after it appeared under the glove and in control of Gibson. The Ducks challenged the goal, it was ruled goalie interference and erased.Minutes later, Kesler added his second goal of the game, a wrist shot from just outside the blue line for his third goal of the season. The puck bounced out of the net and Kesler fired that in, too.“I had to make sure,” Kesler said.That game had taken a huge turn.“That’s a big momentum swing,” said New York’s Mathew Barzal.” Two to nothing, now. That happens. Just can’t control it, got to get back on the horse quickly and I thought, again we had some chances“Sometimes you run into a hot goalie and tonight (Gibson) played great.”The Ducks took their commanding 3-0 lead less than a minute into the third period. Max Comtois fired a short shot just inside the backline that deflected off Greiss and popped up a few feet in front of the goal just as Adam Henrique skated by. He batted it in for his third goal of the season.“We still kept doing the same thing and got a lot of good chances, but we got to put the puck in the net,” New York’s Johnny Boychuk said. “That’s all.”Kesler said he’s still not where he wants to be www.officialwild.com , but is pleased with his start.“I have a lot to improve on,” he said. “It’s a long year, but a good start.”He admitted, though, some satisfaction in proving those wrong who doubted he would have really make it back from his hip surgery.“I love it,” Kesler said. “It’s my favorite thing in the world.”NOTES: The Ducks signed left wing Nick Ritchie, 22, to a three-year contract prior to the game. He was their first-round draft pick in 2014. . With the win, Carlyle (460) moved one shy of tying Roger Neilson for 30th among NHL coaches in all-time wins. . The Islanders lost their third consecutive game to the Ducks. . Casey Cizikas was credited with New York’s goal, the shot from Ross Johnson deflected off him and ultimately Anaheim’s Luke Schenn. . It was Kesler’s first multi-goal game since he had a hat trick against Philadelphia on Jan. 1, 2017. . The Ducks have 11 points, marking the fifth time they’ve earned 11-or-more points through their first seven games.UP NEXTIslanders: Head up the freeway Thursday to play the Kings in Los Angeles.Ducks: Travel to Las Vegas on Saturday to meet the Golden Knights.