RED WINGS (34-14-10) at KINGS (28-18-12)
7:30PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 790 KABC
IN FROM DETROIT: Tonight marks the second and final meeting with Detroit this season; the Kings fell to the Red Wings 5-2 on October 31 at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings are playing the fourth game of their six-game road trip, where they’ve posted a 2-0-1 record thus far; Detroit is coming off of a 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. The Kings have won seven straight games, and are kicking off a quick two-game home stand tonight; they’re coming off of a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
LINEUP NOTES: Andy Andreoff and Derek Forbort remained on the ice for extra work this morning at Toyota Sports Center along with Martin Jones, so those two are expected to be healthy scratches, and Jonathan Quick will be slated to make his 15th-straight start. Alec Martinez will be out, he continues to recover from concussion-like symptoms. Per Jon Rosen, who attended the Kings’ morning skate, here’s how tonight’s lineup should pan out:
GABORIK – KOPITAR – BROWN
KING – CARTER – TOFFOLI
LEWIS – STOLL – WILLIAMS
CLIFFORD – SHORE – NOLAN
REGEHR – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – GREENE
MCNABB – MCBAIN
QUICK DECISION: Jonathan Quick has been a major factor in the Kings’ current seven-game win streak, and he’ll get a shot at extending that mark tonight against Detroit. The NHL named Quick the first star of the week on Monday; the Kings’ netminder went 3-0-0, posting a .959 SV% and a 1.33 GAA. “If I have to pick a goaltender in a big game, I want Jonathan Quick,” Darryl Sutter told Jon Rosen on Monday. “and we’re playing big games, so I want Jonathan Quick.” In 20 career starts against the Red Wings, Quick is 6-13-1.
GUSTAVSSON: Red Wings backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will get the call for Detroit tonight. Gustavsson was out of Detroit’s lineup for three months due to a separated shoulder; tonight will be his first start since returning from the injury, and only his fourth start of the season. Gustavsson is 2-1-1 this season with a .910 SV% and a 2.18 GAA. Gustavsson has one career start against the Kings on January 26, 2010 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gustavvson made 28 saves and allowed four goals in the Kings’ 5-3- win.
LEGENDS NIGHT: The Kings will honor former player Tony Granato tonight, in the second installment of their three-part ‘Legends Night’ series scheduled for this season. Granato played six-plus season in a Kings uniform from 1989 to 1996. In 380 games with the Kings, Granato registered 305 points. The Kings will wear their vintage forum blue and gold jerseys tonight for the special occasion; every fan in attendance will also receive a commemorative poster.
DISCIPLINE: The Kings have shown outstanding discipline of late, taking only a combined seven penalties during their last three games. With that, has also come a string of success on their penalty kill; the Kings have successfully killed off their opponents’ previous nine power plays. The Red Wings come into the night with the league’s top power play, chiming in with a 25.8% success rate. Can the Kings continue to stay out of the penalty box and keep Detroit’s power play off the ice tonight?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Red Wings’ previous visit to STAPLES Center on January 11 of last season, the Kings fell to Detroit 3-1. Drew Doughty gave the Kings a first period lead, but Detroit responded quickly to tie the game then tacked on two more goals late in the third period. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves in the Kings’ loss. In 26 games against the Red Wings at STAPLES Center since the building opened prior to the start of the 1999-’00 NHL campaign, the Kings are 10-14-2.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the KINGS LIVE pregame show at 7:00PM on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop at 7:30PM PT.