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Red Wings at Kings: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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'Twas an optional skate for the Wings today in LA. No surprise there since it's a back-to-back. Still no word on Kyle Quincey or Drew Miller's status. Jimmy Howard gets the start. We'll update as any news breaks.

UPDATE: Quincey is playing & Miller is out.

Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

Gus Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Brad Richards Riley Sheahan Dylan Larkin
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Alexey Marchenko
Kyle Quincey Mike Green

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Brendan Smith?

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Drew Miller, Teemu Pulkkinen

Kings Lineup

Forwards

Milan Lucic Anze Kopitar Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson Jeff Carter Marian Gaborik
Dwight King Trevor Lewis Dustin Brown
Michael Mersch Vincent Lecavalier Jordan Nolan

Defensemen

Brayden McNabb Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin Alec Martinez
Luke Schenn Christian Ehrhoff

Goaltenders

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Los Angeles: 86-80-27-2 (W-L-T-OTL)

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against the Kings: 3.46

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against the Kings: 3.47

Key Matchups

Jimmy Howard vs the puck

Howard has been pulled in his last two starts. In fact, he's allowed 7 goals on the last 20 shots against him. A real solid .650 save percentage. Pretty sure that's really freakin' bad. Let's face it, there's no question Petr Mrazek has taken the starting job and run with it. Howard is your back-up goaltender and you need to be able to count on your back up for a strong start every now-and-then. Well now is tonight. Howard is 10-6-0 all-time against the Kings with a 2.38 GAA and .926 SV%.

Whatever Red Wings line gets matched up against Anze Kopitar

We'll see if Darryl Sutter deploys Kopitar and his line against Datsyuk or Zetterberg's line. My guess would be the Datsyuk line, but we'll find out at game time. Kopitar is one of the best two-way players in the game today. He's the west coast version of Patrice Bergeron (probably not as good though, but still damn good). He's also go Tyler Toffoli and Milan Lucic on his wings. Toffoli is tied with Kopitar for the team lead in points and has a team high 19 goals. Lucic is Lucic. He's having a decent offensive season. He's going to be physical and possibly do something stupid. Hope everyone wears their cup.