Kings seek home ice revenge against Detroit
Last time the Detroit Red Wings played the Los Angeles Kings, things ultimately went their way.
After being down 3-2 in the 2nd period, the Wings turned it up and got some late game heroics from Valterri Filppula and Darren Helm. On home ice, that seems to be the way the Wings get things done.
Now, the the 4th ranked Red Wings (Western conference) have to perform on the road, a task that has been less than stellar all season. The Kings will be looking to capitalize on the opportunity.
The Wings are not hopeless though, as they will have their all-star goalie Jimmy Howard back in net, after being out with an injured finger. Howard is third in the NHL in wins.
The Kings also have an all-star goalie on their end in Jonathan Quick, but he has yet to come up big for them when facing Detroit. The Wings have won all three of their previous contests. So L.A. will be looking to their offensive powers to bring out a W this time.
Those offensive threats are very much centered around Dustin Brown, who has five goals and seven assists during an eight-game point streak. The Kings also have Jeff Carter (four goals and an assist in his last five) and Justin Williams (three goals and an assist in his last four) to assist in the attack.
The strongest player at the moment for Detroit is Henrik Zetterberg, who has five goals and seven assists in the last seven. He is closely followed by Valterri Filppula, who has five goals and six assists in the same span. That comes as no surprise seeing as how the two have been playing well together all season, regardless of the Zetterberg's slow start.
Detroit is still waiting on the return of captain Nicklas Lidstrom and the notorious dangler Pavel Datsyuk. Having Howard on the ice tonight should make the wait a bit easier. Also out for Detroit is Todd Bertuzzi (groin), Jakub Kindl (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) and Patrick Eaves (jaw). Los Angeles has a healthier roster and will only be missing Simon Gagne (concussion) tonight.
The Kings are going to especially want this win as they have been moving all around the Western rankings this season. They currently sit in 11th place.
Puck drop is 10:30 in Los Angeles and TCL Red Wings will be providing live updates on Twitter