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Morning Skate: Red Wings at Kings Preview

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

10:00p ET, Staples Center

Los Angeles, CA

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, NBC Sports Network, TSN2

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

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Here's to the good Red Wings showing up late tonight on the west coast.

*raises glass*

The Wings get a nice boost in the lineup with the return of "The Mule" Johan Franzen. Of course, it couldn't just be an addition. We all know the rule for this season. When someone gets healthy and returns someone else has to get hurt. This time around it's Valtteri Filppula's turn to visit the injury list. Flip is spending the night icing his shoulder alongside the other half of the team that isn't playing. Franzen hasn't played since February 10 which happens to be the last time Detroit played the Kings. His size up front will be a helpful addition against the big L.A. forwards.

Detroit could also get some help on the blue line (depending on how you look at it). Kyle Quincey is a game time decision after missing the weekend's games with an ankle injury. Brendan Smith is also a possibility to play. Smith has not played in the last 11 games. If both defenseman can go, they'll likely fill right in on the third pair replacing both Kent Huskins and Jakub Kindl. Regardless you thoughts on Quincey, I'd say that's an upgrade to your 5th and 6th defensemen.

The Expected Lineup

Damien Brunner - Henrik Zetterberg - Johan Franzen

Daniel Cleary - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Tatar - Joakim Andersson - Patrick Eaves

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo


Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Ian White - Brian Lashoff

Jakub Kindl - Kent Huskins


Jimmy Howard (starting)

Jonas Gustavsson

Game Time Decisions: Brendan Smith (shoulder) and Kyle Quincey (ankle)

Injuries: Valtteri Filppula (shoulder), Mikael Samuelsson (finger), Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back) and Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder)

9-7-3 (21 pts; T-8th in West) Record 9-6-2 (20 pts; T-10th in West)
2.95 (5th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.59 (19th in NHL)
2.84 (18th) Goals Against Per Game 2.35 (9th)
16.5% (20th) Power Play % 15.2% (23rd)
76.9% (24th) Penalty Kill % 80.8% (17th)
Damien Brunner (10 goals) Goal Leader Jeff Carter (10 goals)
Henrik Zetterberg (25 points) Points Leader Anze Kopitar (15 points)

  • The Red Wings are 81-78-27-2 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Los Angeles Kings.
  • Detroit outscored it's opponents 12-3 over their last two games. L.A. has outscored their opponents 9-3 in the same span. Both teams are clicking offensively at the moment.
  • The last time these two teams met was February 10. Howard stood on his head and stole the show. The Red Wings got goals from Datsyuk, Brunner and Ericsson. Rig's goal came with less than five seconds remaining to give Detroit a 3-2 win.
  • Detroit is 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. Los Angeles is 7-3-0.
  • Howard is 6-5-0 with a 2.75 GAA and .915 SV% in 11 career starts against the Kings.
Prediction: Detroit wins 3-2. Datsyuk is your player of the game.

Let's Go Red Wings.