Game Preview: Red Wings vs. Kings

Games at this point in the season shouldn't be filled with so much of it, but today's game has drama written all over it. 

The Red Wings and Kings face each other for the second time this season, with the Wings having the series advantage after a 4-1 win in Los Angeles. The Kings are now without Terry Murray, who was fired from the head coaching position on Monday. They gave interim coach John Stevens his first win Thursday night against Columbus, snapping a five-game losing streak. 

The Wings on the other hand, managed to let a potential four-game win streak get awat from them Thursday night in Nashville. Expect them to be looking for a chance to redeem themselves. After all, there is no better place for them to win than at home.

The Kings have the lowest scoring offense in the NHL, and have not been able to score more than 2 goals in a game since Thanksgiving. Compared to the Wings, who seems to be averaging at least 3 goals a game, this seems like it should be no problem for the home team. 

As far as players to watch, LA's Anze Kopitar has an assist in five of the Kings' last seven, but with no goals in the last ten games. Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg both are on four-game point streaks. Even with their top scorers on the ice, the Wings will have to look for a strong effort from goalie Jimmy Howard to keep a low-scoring offense from gaining momentum. 

The injuries for Detroit are the same as they were for Thursday's game: Patrick Eaves (broken jaw), Jan Mursak (ankle) and Chris Conner (hand) will all be missing in action. The Wings have also reassigned Tomas Tatar to the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL). Los Angeles will be without forwards Mike Richards (upper body) and Scott Parse (hip), while defenseman Willie Mitchell (groin) is most likely going to sit this one out. 

Tonight's game starts at 7:00 and you can follow TCL Red Wings on Twitter for all the updates. 

Eric Huffman