Morning Skate: Red Wings at Kings Preview

This is right before a cool breeze knocked Dustin Brown over. - USA TODAY Sports

Game 45

10:30p ET, Staples Center

Los Angeles, CA

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Kings Blogs: Jewels From The Crown & The Royal Half

The California death march likely continues tonight. The Groin Gang is still out tonight and the only help comes from a Teletubby. I'm glad Tinky Winky is getting another chance tonight, but I'm not sure the kid is going to make too much of a different against the Kings. I mean, after all, this is a men's league.

It's the first night of a back-to-back. If the Red Wings are going to get anything out of this trip it likely has to come tonight. The Kings are the worst of the three California teams statistically speaking (and that's not saying much). A charity point would be amazing if you ask me. If the Wings fail tonight, the future doesn't look too bright Sunday against the 18-0-2 at home Ducks.

Yikes.

The Expected Lineup

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Daniel Alfredsson
Justin Abdelkader Riley Sheahan Todd Bertuzzi
Tomas Tatar Joakim Andersson Drew Miller
Daniel Cleary Luke Glendening Patrick Eaves

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Brendan Smith
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Mikael Samuelsson, Alexey Marchenko

Injuries: Johan Franzen (concussion), Darren Helm (groin plus probably something else too), Pavel Datsyuk (denied groin), Jonathan Ericsson (rib & likely groin on the side)

LTIR: Stephen Weiss (groin)

KINGS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
27-13-5 (59 pts; 3rd in Pacific) Record 19-15-10 (48 pts; 4th in Atlantic)
2.49 (21st in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.59 (18th in NHL)
2.00 (1st) Goals Against Per Game 2.68 (16th)
15.0% (24th) Power Play % 17.7% (17th)
84.0% (9th) Penalty Kill % 85.0% (6th)
Jeff Carter (16 goals) Goal Leader Pavel Datsyuk (15 goals)
Anze Kopitar (46 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (36 points)

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: Kopitar. He can do it all.

X-Factor: Jonathan Quick. America.

Familiar Faces: None.

Thumbs up (One Thing to Like About Los Angeles): Their coach looks like a muppet.

Thumbs down (One Thing to Dislike About Los Angeles): Smog.

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 82-79-27-2 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Kings.

  • Last 10 games: Los Angeles 4-5-1. Detroit 4-5-1.

  • Howard is 7-6-0 with a 2.56 GAA, .919 SV% in 13 career games against LA. Mrazek has never faced the Kings.

Prediction: Starstruck.

Let's Go Red Wings.
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