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.
Gustav Nyquist – Henrik Zetterberg – Daniel Alfredsson
Justin Abdelkader – Riley Sheahan – Todd Bertuzzi
Tomas Tatar – Joakim Andersson – Drew Miller
Daniel Cleary – Luke Glendening – Patrick Eaves
Brendan Smith – Niklas Kronwall
Brian Lashoff – Jakub Kindl
Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser
Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Jeff Carter
Dustin Brown – Jarrett Stoll – Justin Williams
Matt Frattin – Mike Richards – Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Trevor Lewis
Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell – Slava Voynov
Robyn Regehr – Alec Martinez
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:
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.
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.
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