Game Preview – Kings vs Red Wings

Posted on March 9, 2012 by

Time for the Wings! Woo hoo! Nothing better than a beat down like last time when they took us 8-2. BUT! After last night, I think the Kings will be ready for the depleted Wings and that uneven score will be in our favor after tonight’s game. Detroit is still without their best players. Lindstrom, Datsyuk and Howard are all out as well as Ericsson, Eaves and Bertuzzi. The time is now for the Kings to destroy them while they are down!

Let’s face it. Everyone talks like The Red Wings are the second coming of God. No. No, they are not. We can all agree they have a great program and great players. Well, we have great players too. The program on the other hand is another story. Before last night, I really saw some of the old Kings out on the ice. We were scoring again and skating fast. I’m chalking up the crappy game last night to JJ and the atmosphere with Carter, etc. But tonight is a different story. We know what we have to do tonight and I think the Kings will come out strong and fast. Stong D, stay in their zone. This is the 3rd of our 4 meetings this year and we lost the first two. How about a split? We’ll take the one tonight in their home and the one onTues at our house. Fair is fair after all.

Quick will start tonight and Macdonald will be in goal for Detroit since Howard is still out. Detroit needs these two points to secure a playoff spot and try to reach for the 1st place finish in the West. We need these two points to elevate us up to the 8th place for the playoffs. All I could think of was how we could end up with aa 1 vs 8, or 2 vs 7 for a Kings/Wings first round playoff series. I’m not sure my heart could take it.

Tonight we need to see some effort from Carter and Richards. Throw Penner in there too. With all the talk about how we needed help on this team for scoring and how many changes we had to have, the core of Kopitar, Brown and Williams are still the only ones still playing the game. If Carter and Richards want to join the core of the Los Angeles Kings, I invite them to show it. Tonight would be a great starting point.

A Few Notes:

  • Kings fell to a 42.7% chance of making the playoffs after last night
  • Richardson replaces Nolan tonight
  • Westgarth and Drewiski are healthy scratches
  • Kings remain in 9th place, one point behind San Jose and two points behind Phoenix
  • Kopitar has his first shorty last night and the King’s 6th short handed goal this season…so far

Kings Lineup

# 23 Brown– # 11 Kopitar –  # 14 Williams

# 74 King– # 10 Richards – # 77 Carter

# 25 Penner –  # 28 Stoll – # 22 Lewis

# 13 Clifford– # 24 Fraser – # Richardson

# 7 Scuderi – # 8 Doughty

# 33 Mitchell – # 26 Voynov

# 27 Martinez –# 22 Greene

# 32 Quick

# 45 Bernier

Detroit Red Wings
#51 Valtteri Filppula - #40 Henrik Zetterberg - #26 Jiri Hudler
#39 Jan Mursak - #43 Darren Helm – #96 Tomas Holmstrom
#14 Gustav Nyquist – #8 Justin Abdelkader – #11 Danny Cleary
#20 Drew Miller – #48 Cory Emmerton - #93 Johan Franzen

#55 Niklas Kronwall – #23 Brad Stuart
#27 Kyle Quincey – #18 Ian White
#2 Brendan Smith – #37 Doug Janik

#31 Joey MacDonald
#36 Jordan Pearce

Go Kings Go! Kings win 5-0

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