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Detroit seeks to avoid fifth straight defeat; Los Angeles 2-6-1 in past nine games

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (13-8-3) at RED WINGS (10-9-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, FS-D, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to avoid their fifth consecutive loss when they host the Los Angeles Kings at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday. Detroit, which lost 4-3 in overtime against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, is 0-1-3 in its past four games after going 4-1-1 in its previous six games.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard is expected to start for the seventh time in Detroit's past eight games. Howard replaced Petr Mrazek in the third period against New Jersey and allowed center Brian Gibbons' overtime goal. Howard has an .884 save percentage during Detroit's losing streak.

The Kings ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 shootout win against the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center on Saturday. Los Angeles is 1-2-1 in its past four games and 2-6-1 in its past nine.

 

Players to watch

Kings forward Anze Kopitar has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his past 15 games. He leads Los Angeles with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 24 games.

Red Wings forward David Booth scored twice in Detroit's loss against New Jersey; they were his first NHL goals since he scored for the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 31, 2015. Booth will move to center Henrik Zetterberg's line against the Kings.

 

They said it

"When we were scoring a lot early in the season, we had great secondary scoring, but that's dried up. We need to find that again, so teams can't just focus on the Kopitar line." -- Kings coach John Stevens

 

"Confidence is a huge part of success in this league, both for players and the team. If we had won a couple of these overtime games, we'd feel a lot better right now." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill after three of Detroit's past four losses have come in overtime

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Nick Shore -- Tyler Toffoli

Marian Gaborik -- Adrian Kempe -- Trevor Lewis

Nic Dowd -- Jussi Jokinen -- Jonny Brodzinski

Jake Muzzin -- Drew Doughty

Derek Forbort -- Christian Folin

Oscar Fantenberg -- Alec Martinez

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Jeff Carter (lower body), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Andy Andreoff (upper body)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Dylan Larkin -- Tomas Tatar

David Booth -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Scott Wilson -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Luke Glendening

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Nick Jensen

Niklas Kronwall -- Xavier Ouellet

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: None

Injured: Martin Frk (groin), Trevor Daley (upper body)

Suspended: Luke Witkowski

 

Status report

Dowd will replace Andreoff. … The Red Wings held an optional morning skate, with Frk and Daley taking part; each could return to the lineup this week.

 

Stat pack

Brown's third-period goal against Anaheim was his first in his past seven games. … Abdelkader has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past six games.

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