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Detroit Red Wings Vs. Los Angeles Kings: Game Preview

January 18th, 2014 at 4:03 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The Red Wings have not scored a goal in a week.

The good news is that the last team that they scored on is coming to Joe Louis Arena tonight, as they look to end a scoring drought of 122:34.

What: Los Angeles Kings at Detroit Red Wings

When: 7 p.m. tonight

Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Records: The Red Wings are 20-17-10; the Kings are 29-14-5

Season Series: Red Wings lead 1-0

Last Meeting: Tomas Tatar's third period goal broke a 1-1 tie en route to a 3-1 victory. Jimmy Howard stopped 44 of 45 shots.

Projected Lineups

Red Wings:

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist

Henrik Zetterberg

Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Jurco

Riley Sheahan

Todd Bertuzzi

Tomas Tatar

Cory Emmerton

Drew Miller

Daniel Cleary

Luke Glendening

Patrick Eaves

 

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall

Brendan Smith

Kyle Quincey

Danny DeKeyser

Brian Lashoff

Jakub Kindl

 

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

 
Kings:
 

Forward

Dustin Brown

Anze Kopitar

Jeff Carter

Matt Frattin

Mike Richards

Justin Williams

Dwight King

Jarret Stoll

Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford

Colin Fraser

Jordan Nolan

 

 

Defense

Jake Muzzin

Drew Doughty

Robyn Regehr

Slava Voynov

Willie Mitchell

Alec Martinez

 

 

Goalie

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

 

Red Wings Update: The Wings are in a downward spiral, as they have been blanked 1-0 in consecutive games. It gets worse in terms of the standings, as they have fallen to sixth in the Atlantic Division, and sixth place in the Wild Card, which puts them well out of a playoff spot. Things aren't any better on the injury front, as Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Daniel Alfredsson (back), Joakim Andersson (undisclosed), Darren Helm (groin), Johan Franzen (concussion), Jonathan Ericson (ribs), and Stephen Weiss (hernia surgery) all remain out indefinitely. Jimmy Howard gets the nod in goal, and Tomas Tatar (personal) returns to the lineup.

Kings Update: The Kings have been sitting comfortably in third place in the rugged Pacific Division, thanks to being first in the NHL in goals allowed. The last five-on-five goal allowed by the Kings was also the last goal scored by the Red Wings (the goal allowed in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blues was on a penalty shot). Jonathan Quick will be back in goal tonight for the Kings.

Prediciton: It's desperation time in Hockeytown, or it should be. This is the start of a the homestand from hell, as the Wings will host the Blues, Blackhawks, and Canadiens after tonight. The injuries and losses couldn't have come at a worse time. The Kings, on the other hand, haven't won at Joe Louis Arena since March 9, 2011. Something will have to give, and while the Wings will end the goal drought, getting a win will be too much to ask.

Make It: Kings 2, Red Wings 1

 
Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, NHL

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