DETROIT -- The Los Angeles Kings are a different team with a healthy Jonathan Quick.
The Red Wings had some excellent chances against Quick but only one got past him in the Kings' 4-1 victory Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.
The Kings got three goals in 3:15 spanning the second and third periods from Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe to take a 3-1 advantage.
The Wings fell to 4-4-4 at home and 10-10-5 overall while the Kings improved to 7-3-1 on the road and 14-8-3 overall.
1. Special teams: The Kings came into the game with the top-ranked penalty kill in the league and showed why, killing off three Wings' power plays. Although Los Angeles had the 22nd ranked power play, 30th on the road, they scored with the man-advantage with 6.1 seconds left in the second period. Kopitar got the goal from the right circle, beating Jimmy Howard glove-side just eight seconds into the power play. It was Kopitar's 11th of the season. Kopitar scored his 12th at 12:17 of the third period, giving his team a 4-1 lead. Kopitar had just 12 goals in 76 games last season.
Quotable: "They're good in lanes. They're big boys out there and it's tough to get the puck through. But that's what we have to do against teams like this, we won't get any pretty ones. You have to get the puck on net and be there for the second chances and the third chances." - Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg
2. Mike Green : The offensively gifted defenseman has been racking up assists but had just one goal coming into Tuesday night's game. But at 14:12 of the first period, Frans Nielsen found Green in the right circle and after a brief hesitation, Green shot the puck over the glove of Quick. It was Green's first goal since Oct. 16 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 12 career games against the Kings, Green has five goals and two assists. Nielsen's assist was his 400th career point. Green is now one point away from 450. Darren Helm got the second assist.
Quotable: "It's not easy, it's a muddy track out there. They're good at that. It wasn't as fast a game back and forth like the Rangers game was. But they just play differently. That has a little bit to do with your opponent. I thought last year against them in this building (JLA), we slowed ourselves down. I didn't necessarily think that this year. The third was different. If we score in the second we're not having these conversations. We had multiple big-time chances. We didn't score. We have to score on those chances. That's the league. If you don't score, eventually they're going to score." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
3. Another skid: Early in the season, the Wings dropped six games in a row from Oct. 16-Oct.26, only one of those coming in overtime. The Wings have now dropped five in a row, three of those coming in overtime. The Wings have scored just 10 goals in their last five games but have given up 20. Gustav Nyquist led the Wings with six shots on goal but couldn't solve Quick.
Quotable: "It's a tight league. We gotta play great to have success and we've talked about that. We gotta make sure we come out on the winning side of these games. It's just not good enough. Again, we've talked about being good here at home and we got a long home stretch here. We just gotta find ways to win games." - Nyquist
Quotable II: "I think just getting two points would help everybody's confidence in here. When you're winning, everything is going a little smoother for everybody. We just got to find a way to get a win and get off this streak and hopefully start a winning streak." - Danny DeKeyser