Detroit Red Wings vs. Los Angeles Kings: Updates, Lineups, Keys to the Game



(with the roster moves, I’m taking a stab at the defensive pairings. If we get more information before puck drop, we’ll share that. In the meantime, get your grains of salt ready - J.J.)


Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Robby Fabbri - Valtteri Filppula - Andreas Athanasiou
Brendan Perlini - Frans Nielsen - Adam Erne
Darren Helm - Christoffer Ehn - Givani Smith

Dennis Cholowski - Mike Green
Joe Hicketts - Madison Bowey
Alex Biega - Jonathan Ericsson

Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard


Alex Iafallo - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
Jeff Carter - Mike Amadio - Tyler Toffoli
Carl Grundstrom - Blake Lizotte - Austin Wagner
Nikolai Prokhorkin - Adrian Kempe - Kyle Clifford

Alec Martinez - Drew Doughty
Ben Hutton - Sean Walker
Joakim Ryan - Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick
Jack Campbell

Keys to the Game

Grab the Lead Early

The Red Wings comeback win over Anaheim was fun to watch but game tying goals with 30 seconds left in the game are not something to plan on, they are things to build on. Therefore it is imperative for Detroit to come out tonight and carry that same momentum from the first puck drop and build off that emotion.

Shoot Early, Shoot Often

Despite their record, LA gets more shots on goal than any other team in the league and they do not allow a ton either (29.8, 7th in the league). Despite that low number of shots they still have given up 67 goals in 18 games. That means they do a decent job limiting the puck on net but the ones that get through are getting through the goalies with regularity. Looks for Mantha, Perlini, Athanasiou and Hronek to load up and fire away often.

Play to Their Strengths

I pointed out in the Morning Skate that LA still likes to try and bully people from time to time and that Detroit is not a team that can be bullied all the time right now. That said, they are not going to win a board battle, muck it up, scrum in the corners and in front of the net kind of game against LA often because they just are not built for that. They are built for speed and they need to use it whenever they can because LA, like most teams, cannot hang with Detroit in the speed department all the way up and down their lineup.