Tonight marks the first of two meetings with the Red Wings this season, and the Kings’ lone visit to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena; the Red Wings will visit STAPLES Center on January 11 to complete the season series. Detroit is completing a two-game home stand tonight; they’ve lost three of their last four games and are coming off of a 2-1 OT loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. The Kings are playing the second of a five-game road trip; they’ve won three straight games and are coming off of a 3-2 SO win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
ROAD RAGE: The Kings, with their win over the Flyers Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, have now gotten off to the best road start in franchise history through six games in opposing buildings to start any single season. With a 5-1-0 record away from STAPLES Center, the Kings’ lone loss on the road came on November 2 at the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings haven’t won at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena since March 9, 2011; they’re 0-5-1 in six visits since.
LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate in anticipation of tonight’s game, and there were no indications to any changes being made from the sets they skated with Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Christian Ehrhoff and Jordan Weal skated as extras, so those two are tonight’s presumed healthy scratches. Jhonas Enroth left the ice first, and is expected to make his fourth start of the season.
PEARSON – KOPITAR – GABORIK
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI\
BROWN – SHORE – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
FORBORT – MCBAIN
ENROTH’S IN: From the looks of it, Jhonas Enroth will make his fourth start of the season tonight. The backup option has won all three games he’s started en lieu of Jonathan Quick, posting a 3-0-0 record with one shutout, a .979 SV% and a 0.67 GAA. Enroth has made one career start against the Red Wings, coming on January 18 of last season with Buffalo, where he allowed six goals on 26 shots in the Sabres’ 6-4 loss at Joe Louis Arena.
MILAN’S MAGIC: Milan Lucic, who tied Tuesday night’s game with :55.7 seconds to play in regulation, now has goals in three consecutive games, and four in the last five. Of Lucic’s six goals scored this season, three have been game-winners, which leads the Kings’ roster. The Kings are 6-0-0 this season when Lucic finds the back of the net.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In two meetings against the Red Wings last season, the Kings went 1-1-0, losing 5-2 on October 31, 2014 at Joe Louis Arena, and winning 1-0 on February 24, 2015 at STAPLES Center. Tyler Toffoli scored the third of his five shorthanded goals in Detroit last season, and Michigan native Alec Martinez also found the back of the net when the Kings dropped their sixth consecutive game at Joe Louis Arena.
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WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 4:00PM PST on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from Joe Louis Arena at 4:30. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves at AM 790 KABC.