The Detroit Red Wings face-off against the Los Angeles Kings at 10:00 p.m. ET in Los Angeles.
The Red Wings are coming off of a very strong weekend in which they broke out of their five game losing streak. The Wings special teams have stepped up of late and are taking over the game. Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Damien Brunner combined for 11 points over the weekend, while defenseman Niklas Kronwall has improved his defensive zone play.
The Kings are heading into tonight’s game on a four game winning streak, in which both Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier have been solid in net. The Kings are going to try and score goals early and get their fans energized. Last time they played the Wings, the Kings put 47 shots on goal and will look to apply the same amount of pressure again tonight.
The Red Wings will be without Valtteri Filppula for tonight’s game because of an ailing shoulder, but Franzeen is back and will fill his space on the top line.
Daniel Cleary continues to step up and play like a top 6 forward. This is why Babcock is the coach and not me, I would have demoted him a long time ago.
Jonathan Ericsson has been the best Red Wing defenseman in their own zone. His positioning and physicality has really improved this season.
Random Fact – The Wings won their first game of the season, in which they did not score the first goal against the Vancouver Canucks.
Prediction: The Wings continue to play up to their potential, but the Kings continue their winning streak. 2-1 victory for the Kings in overtime.
UPDATE: Brendan Smith and Kyle Quincey will return to the line-up, while Ian White and Kent Huskins will be scratched.