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Preview: Game Day #59, Red Wings @ Kings

Time to beat Detroit for once

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings @ Los Angeles Kings (Staples Center)

Time: 7:30 PM PST

TV: Fox Sports West

Enemy Reading: Winging it in Motown

Los Angeles Kings

Gaborik–Kopitar–Brown
King–Carter–Toffoli
Lewis–Stoll–Williams
Clifford–Shore–Nolan

Regehr–Doughty
Muzzin–Greene
McNabb–McBain

Quick
(Jones)

Scratched: Forbort, Andreoff; Injured: Pearson, Martinez; Suspended: Voynov

Detroit Red Wings

Tatar–Datsyuk–Helm
Nyquist–Sheahan–Abdelkader
Miller–Glendening–Jurco
Cleary–Weiss–Pulkkinen

Kronwall–Ericsson
Dekeyser–Kindl
Smith–Marchenko

Gustavsson
Howard

Scratched: Andersson; Injured: Zetterberg, Quincey, Franzen

Notes:

  • I can't be the only one who realizes how appropriate it is that LA will try to get their eighth win against the team which throws octopus on the ice, right?
  • The Kings' last win against Detroit: February 27, 2013. It was a Wednesday Night Rivalry (!) which featured what I'd call a top-ten career goal for Anze Kopitar:
  • Since then, Detroit has switched conferences, LA has one another Cup, the off-the-netting rules have been changed, and... neither lineup has really changed all that much, actually. Here's to stability.
  • LA catches a break as Henrik Zetterberg remains out of the lineup. He was the victim of a punch to the head from Jamie Benn on Saturday.
  • #1 Star of the Week Jonathan Quick starts his 15th game in a row, which is as much a reflection on the schedule (no back-to-backs so far in 2015) as on his recent excellent form. The Kings play on Thursday and Friday, though, so Quick may actually get a night off soon.
  • I've resigned myself to the reality that Detroit is never going to miss the playoffs again.
  • Happy Legends Night, Tony Granato! He's an assistant coach with Detroit now. Convenient.
  • PREDICTION: I get more worked up over this game than I usually do.