10:30p ET, Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
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.
The Expected Lineup
|Gustav Nyquist||Henrik Zetterberg||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Justin Abdelkader||Riley Sheahan||Todd Bertuzzi|
|Tomas Tatar||Joakim Andersson||Drew Miller|
|Daniel Cleary||Luke Glendening||Patrick Eaves|
|Niklas Kronwall||Brendan Smith|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brian Lashoff||Jakub Kindl|
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)|
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.