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Detroit Red Wings at Los Angeles Kings: Game Preview

January 11th, 2014 at 4:17 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The road trip from hell continues as the Red Wings head to Los Angeles to face the Kings.

What: Detroit Red Wings at Los Angeles Kings

When: 10:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Records: The Red Wings are 19-15-10; the Kings are 27-13-5

Season Series: The Red Wings went 2-1-0 against the Kings last season, but both wins were at Joe Louis Arena.

Projected Lineups

Red Wings:

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist – Henrik Zetterberg – Daniel Alfredsson

Justin Abdelkader – Riley Sheahan – Todd Bertuzzi

Tomas Tatar – Joakim Andersson – Drew Miller

Daniel Cleary – Luke Glendening – Patrick Eaves

Defensemen

Brendan Smith – Niklas Kronwall

Brian Lashoff  – Jakub Kindl

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Kings:

Forwards

Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Jeff Carter

Dustin Brown – Jarrett Stoll – Justin Williams

Matt Frattin – Mike Richards – Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Trevor Lewis

Defensemen

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty

Willie Mitchell – Slava Voynov

Robyn Regehr – Alec Martinez

Goaltenders

Jonathan Quick

Ben Scrivens

Red Wings Update: The Wings are coming off of a 4-1 loss to the Sharks on Thursday. The game was marred by an ugly incident that involved Daniel Cleary elbowing the Sharks' Scott Hannan. Cleary will not face any league discipline for his actions. The team also recalled Riley Sheahan from Grand Rapids due to the lack of depth at center. Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Darren Helm (groin), Johan Franzen (concussion), Jonathan Ericsson (ribs), and Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) all remain out. Jimmy Howard will be back in net tonight.

Kings Update: The Kings are coming off of a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Defense has been the motto for the Kings, as they rank first in the NHL in goals allowed per game. The team is surprisingly fully healthy at this point of the season. Jonathan Quick will start in net.

Players to watch:

Red Wings:

Henrik Zetterberg: 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 33 games played.

Tomas Tatar: Nine goals on the season, and has scored in the last two games.

Jimmy Howard: Always plays well against the Kings…posted a 1.67 GAA and .950 save percentage in three meetings last year.

Kings:

Jeff Carter: Leads the Kings with 16 goals.

Anze Kopitar: Slovenian Olympian has 36 points in 45 games. Also has one of the best two-way games in the NHL.

Justin Williams: Has quietly tallied 14 goals and 14 assists in the first half of the season.

Prediction: A closer game than Thursday, but a win is too much to ask for with the amount of injuries.

Make It: Kings 2, Red Wings 1 in OT.

 

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL

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