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Red Wings at Kings preview

Detroit on seven-game losing streak; Los Angeles aims to move closer to second in division

by Dan Greenspan / Correspondent

RED WINGS (26-32-11) at KINGS (38-26-6)

10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-D, SN360, NHL.TV


The Game 

The Los Angeles Kings will move to within one point of the San Jose Sharks for second place in the Pacific Division with a win against the Detroit Red Wings at Staples Center on Thursday.

The Kings are tied with the Anaheim Ducks for third place but have a game in hand.

The Red Wings are on a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1), including six straight on the road. Detroit is sixth in the Atlantic Division and trails the Columbus Blue Jackets by 16 points for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Center Frans Nielsen is cleared to play for the Red Wings after missing three games with a concussion.


Players to watch

Kings center Anze Kopitar has six points (goal, five assists) during a five-game point streak. 

Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi has five assists in his past four games.


They said it

"When you do the right things well you kind of get rewarded, and it's funny how the game works." -- Kings forward Tanner Pearson, who has four goals in his past six games

"Poise under pressure is the biggest thing. He doesn't commit very many unforced errors, that's the biggest thing. He's not dynamic with his shot or anything like that. He keeps it pretty simple." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on center Frans Nielsen


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Justin Abdelkader -- Frans Nielsen -- Andreas Athanasiou

Martin Frk -- Luke Glendening -- Evgeny Svechnikov

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Dan DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Jared Coreau

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: David Booth, Luke Witkowski, Xavier Ouellet

Injured: None


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tobias Rieder -- Jeff Carter -- Trevor Lewis

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Nate Thompson

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Dion Phaneuf -- Alec Martinez

Jake Muzzin -- Paul LaDue

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Christian Folin, Andy Andreoff, Kevin Gravel, Torrey Mitchell

Injured: None


Status report

Amadio will play after sitting two games as a healthy scratch. … LaDue replaces Folin in his first game since playing at the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 13.


Stat pack

Carter has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games. … Zetterberg has 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 44 games against the Kings. … It will be the 100th game between the Red Wings and Kings in Los Angeles, where the Kings are 49-35-1 with 14 ties.

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