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Morning Skate: Kings at Red Wings Preview

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI


Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Kings Blog: Jewels From The Crown

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Todd Bertuzzi might be returning tonight. That sentence makes me way too happy and I don't really care. Hell, the Wings should play 11 forwards the majority of the game, give Bert a few shifts and save him for the shootout. Bottom line, we love Bert (well, most of us anyway). This team could use his skill and size. I'd love to see #44 back on the ice.

If Bert hits the ice, expect to see Eaves take a seat in the Leino Lounge. The defense will likely stay the same. Although I would not be shocked to see Lashoff get a chance to get back on the ice. If so, please sit Quincy. I hope you're reading, Mike.

The Expected Lineup

Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist - Joakim Andersson - Damien Brunner

Patrick Eaves - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo


Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith - Kyle Quincey

Danny DeKeyser - Jakub Kindl


Jimmy Howard (starting)

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Ian White, Brian Lashoff and Carlo Colaiacovo

Injuries: Drew Miller (hand), Mikael Samuelsson (upper body), Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Darren Helm (back)

26-15-5 (57 pts; 4th in West) Record 21-16-8 (50 pts; 9th in West)
2.76 (10th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.47 (21st in NHL)
2.37 (7th) Goals Against Per Game 2.38 (9th)
20.4% (10th) Power Play % 18.5% (15th)
83.4% (9th) Penalty Kill % 81.0% (15th)
Jeff Carter (26 goals) Goal Leader Pavel Datsyuk (13 goals)
Anze Kopitar (41 points) Points Leader 2 tied 41 points

  • The Red Wings are 81-79-27-2 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Los Angeles Kings.
  • Los Angeles lost to the Wild last night. The Kings are 5-1-1 in the second night of a back-to-back (crap).
  • The Wings are 0-4-1 on Wednesdays this season (crap again).
  • Last time these two teams met was February 27 in L.A. The Kings won 2-1. Quincey scored the Wings lone goal, but only because Jonathan Bernier screwed up. It was the Quinceyest Quincey goal ever.
  • Detroit is 4-3-3 in their last 10 games. L.A. is 6-2-2.
  • Howard is 6-6-0 with a 2.69 GAA and .916 SV% with in 12 career regular starts against the Kings.
Prediction: Kings win 4-2.

Let's Go Red Wings.