WINGS IN TOWN:
Tonight marks the second and final meeting with the Red Wings this season, and Detroit’s only visit to STAPLES Center. The Red Wings are playing the fifth of a six-game road trip where they’ve gone 4-0-0 thus far, they’re coming off of a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. The Kings are playing the third of a four-game home stand, they’re coming off of a 2-1 SO loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo in anticipation of tonight’s game. Michael Mersch, Andy Andreoff and Jamie McBain remained on the ice for extra work, so Nick Shore is likely to return to the lineup. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start in net.
LUCIC – KOPITAR – TOFFOLI
PEARSON – CARTER – GABORIK
KING – LEWIS – BROWN
SHORE – LECAVALIER – NOLAN
(MERSCH – ANDREOFF)
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
EHRHOFF – SCHENN
HOT ON THE ROAD: Detroit carries a very respectable 11-5-3 record away from Joe Louis Arena into tonight’s game. The Red Wings have won four straight road games, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 9-5. 10 of 11 Detroit’s road wins have come by one goal, including each of their last eight.
SEEING JIMMY: Jimmy Howard gets the call for Detroit tonight, and will be making his first start since December 29. Howard has not won a decision since December 3, and has allowed three goals or more in his past four starts. The Red Wings’ goaltender carries a 7-5-4 record into the night, along with a .910 SV% and a 2.66 GAA. Howard’s previous start against the Kings came on October 31, 2014, where he made 28 saves on 30 shots faced in the Red Wings’ 5-2 victory.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings’ first meeting with the Red Wings this season at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena on November 20, they lost 3-2. Jeff Carter scored both of the Kings’ goals, one of them shorthanded. Jhonas Enroth stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced, while Detroit’s Petr Mrazek turned away 35 of 37.
WINGS IN LA: In the Red Wings’ previous visit to STAPLES Center on February 24 of last season, the Kings beat Detroit 1-0. Justin Williams scored a power play goal 2:24 minutes into the game, Jonathan Quick stopped all 20 shots he faced. The Kings have won in three of the Red Wings’ past four visits to Los Angeles, dating back to March 13, 2013.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: The ‘Kings Live’ pregame show starts at 7:00 PM PST on Fox Sports West, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop just after 7:30. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.