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Morning Skate: Kings at Red Wings Preview

Dave Sandford

12:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI


Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

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Detroit Red Wings Tickets

This is a Jekyll and Hyde hockey team. Two wins followed by two losses followed by two more wins. If the pattern continues, well, we can expect the team to come out flat today and drop two points to the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Kings, however, aren't off to the best start themselves. They're currently in a four way tie with the Flames, Avalanche and Blue Jackets for last place in the Western Conference. That pretty much means jack sh*t though. Considering the fact the Red Wings have lost to two of the three previously mentioned teams they could very well lose today too.

The Wings just need to capitalize on the momentum from yesterday's win. Build off the two power play goals. Build of the strong play of Jimmy Howard. Continue to allow guys like Brian Lashoff step up there games and energize the team. Lashoff, Tomas Tatar, Joakim Andersson and Petr Mrazek... those guys want to prove they belong. They're trying to steal the jobs of the guys in front of them. If they play well, it will force the elders to play well too (whether management cares and allows them to stay with the big club is still the big unknown). A win today and the Wings will have their first real win streak of this short season. Two points puts you right in the fight for the 4th or 5th seed and continues to put distance between you and 9th.

Bury the champs.

The Expected Lineup

Damien Brunner - Henrik Zetterberg - Johan Franzen

Daniel Cleary - Valtteri Filppula - Pavel Datsyuk

Tomas Tatar - Justin Abdelkader - Joakim Andersson

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo


Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Ian White - Brian Lashoff

Jakub Kindl - Kyle Quincey


Jimmy Howard (starting)

Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Kent Huskins, Patrick Eaves

Injuries: Todd Bertuzzi (back), Brendan Smith (shoulder), Darren Helm (back), Jonas Gustavsson (groin), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Mikael Samuelsson (groin) and Jan Mursak (shoulder)

3-4-2 (8 pts; T-Last in West) Record 6-4-1 (13 pts; T-6th in West)
2.11 (25th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.64 (16th in NHL)
3.00 (T-21st) Goals Against Per Game 2.73 (T-19th)
11.6% (27th) Power Play % 14.0% (26th)
80.0% (17th) Penalty Kill % 72.2% (26th)
Jeff Carter (4 goals) Goal Leader 2 tied with 5 goals
6 tied with 5 points Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (16 points)

  • The Red Wings are 80-78-27-2 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Los Angeles Kings. If you count the OT losses, Detroit is only .500 against L.A.
  • Los Angeles has lost three of their last four straight games. They were shutout 3-0 by the Predators on Thursday.
  • Last time these two teams squared off was March 13, 2012. L.A. won 5-2. Jiri Hudler and Franzen scored for the Wings. Detroit gave up 2 even strength goals, a power play goal, a short handed goal and, of course, an empty net goal.
  • Detroit is 3-1-0 against the Kings last season.
  • Howard is 5-5-0 with a 2.82 GAA and .908 SV% in 10 career starts against the Kings. He made his NHL debut against L.A. on November 28, 2005. The game was in Los Angeles and the Wings won 5-2. Chris Chelios, Mathieu Schnieder, Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom and Zetterberg scored for Detroit. Sean Avery scored for the Kings and Joe Corve convert on a penalty shot against Howard for the other Kings goal. Howard made 22 saves in the game.
Prediction: Wings win 3-2. Damien Brunner is your player of the game.

Let's Go Red Wings.