RED WINGS (16-17-5) at KINGS (19-15-4)
10:30 p.m. ET; SN, FS-W, FS-D, NHL.TV
Red Wings team scope
The Detroit Red Wings will be without defensemen Brendan Smith and Niklas Kronwall against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday after each was injured in a 2-0 loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. They will each miss the remaining four games of Detroit's seven-game road trip. Smith reaggravated a right knee injury and will have an MRI exam once the swelling goes down. Kronwall has a lower-body injury. Coach Jeff Blashill said Alexey Marchenko and Ryan Sproul will play in their place. Goalie Jared Coreau will start after Petr Mrzazek played on Wednesday. Blashill was not pleased with Detroit's effort in the loss to Anaheim. "As the game went along I thought there was not enough guys driving, too many passengers," Blashill said. "I'd say half our forwards were going, half were not so that's not good enough."
Kings team scope
The Kings are looking to take advantage of a seven-game homestand by building on their two-game winning streak. Los Angeles struggled to maintain consistency during a nine-game road trip in December (3-4-2). Goalie Jeff Zatkoff, who allowed one goal and made 18 saves in a 4-1 win in Detroit on Dec. 15, will start. It will be his eighth start this season. Zatkoff is 2-5-1 with a 2.84 GAA and an .892 save percentage. "Save percentage is really important," coach Darryl Sutter said. "We just came off four games where we gave up -- 5-on-5 -- not many scoring chances. So I'm expecting our goalies to have a high save percentage if they're doing [their] job."
Red Wings projected lineup
Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Anthony Mantha
Gustav Nyquist -- Frans Nielsen -- Thomas Vanek
Riley Sheahan -- Dylan Larkin -- Luke Glendening
Drew Miller -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Steve Ott
Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen
Jonathan Ericsson -- Ryan Sproul
Xavier Ouellet -- Alexey Marchenko
Scratched: Tomas Jurco
Injured: Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms), Joe Vitale (concussion), Darren Helm (shoulder), Justin Abdelkader (sprained MCL), Mike Green (undisclosed), Jimmy Howard (sprained MCL), Brendan Smith (knee), Niklas Kronwall (lower-body)
Kings projected lineup
Marian Gaborik -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Devin Setoguchi
Kyle Clifford -- Nic Dowd -- Trevor Lewis
Dwight King -- Nick Shore -- Jordan Nolan
Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez
Brayden McNabb -- Kevin Gravel
Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Tom Gilbert, Matt Greene
Injured: Jonathan Quick (groin), Tyler Toffoli (lower-body)
Marchenko was activated from injured reserve on Thursday. … The Red Wings held an optional morning skate at Staples Center and Blashill confirmed that Athanasiou would be in the lineup and Jurco would be a healthy scratch. ... Gustav Nyquist will play in his 300th NHL game.
Mantha has five goals and nine points in the past seven games. … Zetterberg has a goal and seven assists in the past seven games. … Vanek has two goals and two assists in five games and points in 12 of the past 20 games since returning from an injury. … Pearson has three goals and three assists in the past six games. … Carter has seven goals and two assists in the past seven games.