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Kings, with Lewis, looking to win at Joe Louis

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

KINGS (6-2-2) at RED WINGS (5-2-2)


AT THE JOE: This is the first of two meetings with the Detroit Red Wings this season; the Kings are coming off of a 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night. Detroit comes into the night with only one regulation loss in their last seven games; they beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 in their previous game on Wednesday night. Detroit comes into the night with the league’s top penalty kill unit, chiming in with a 93.8% success rate.

LEWY’S BACK: Trevor Lewis will return to the Kings lineup tonight after missing eight games when suffering an undisclosed upper-body injury during the Kings’ regular season opener on October 8 against the San Jose Sharks. Lewis recorded six shots in just 10:29 minutes of ice time in that contest before leaving the game due to injury. Lewis will center the fourth line, with Andy Andreoff and Jordan Nolan by his side. With Lewis’ return, David Van Der Gulik will return to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.

WIN ON THE ROAD: The Kings have yet to pick up a win in regulation away from STAPLES Center. In three road games thus far, the Kings have a 0-1-2 record, and have three games remaining on their current five-game road trip. The Kings have lost their last five games at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena dating back to December 17, 2011. The Kings haven’t won in Detroit since going 2-0-0 during the 2010-’11 campaign. Can the Kings snap their losing streak in Detroit and pick up their first road win of the season?

NET PRESENCE: Jonathan Quick will return to the Kings crease tonight after sitting out Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh. Quick comes into the night with a 5-1-2 record, posting a stellar 1.78 GAA and a .950 SV%. He’ll get his ninth start of the season in the same building where the most infamous goal of last season was scored on him. The Kings hope the arena’s protective netting won’t play any role in the outcome of tonight’s game.


HEY, JIMMY: After getting shutout Thursday night in Pittsburgh, the Kings will look to get on the scoreboard by getting a few pucks past Detroit’s goaltender Jimmy Howard. During the past three seasons, Howard has gone 6-2-0 against the Kings, posting a 1.88 GAA and a .941 SV%. Last season, Howard allowed just three goals on 77 shots faces in two starts against the Kings. Can the Kings beat Howard tonight?

THE LAST TIME AROUND: In their two meetings with the Red Wings last season, the Kings went 0-1-1, losing 3-1 at STAPLES Center on January 11, and losing 3-2 in OT a week later in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. The Kings are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games against the Red Wings, and are also 3-6-1 in their last 10 games played at Joe Louis Arena.

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 4:00PM PT on PRIME TICKET, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from Joe Louis Arena for puck drop at 4:30PM PT.

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