Preview (Game 49) @ Detroit (Jan.18/14, 4pm PST)
Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 49 @ Detroit
January 18, 2014
4pm PST (7pm EST)
The Los Angeles Kings take their modest two-game winning streak to the Motor City on Saturday where they will visit the Detroit Red Wings in what will be the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season. The Kings and Wings met just last Saturday at Staples Center where the offensively-challenged home side lost 3-1. The silver-and-black hope for the same fate this time, taking two points in enemy territory.
The Red Wings are certainly not in a position they are familiar with. Despite moving to the Eastern Conference, the 20-17-10 Wings sit two points out of the final playoff spot in the East and since winning in Los Angeles last weekend, have lost two-straight. Also, while their 14-7-3 record away from Joe Louis Arena is impressive, Detroit's 6-10-7 mark on home ice ranks them last in their conference with said record and 28th overall ahead of just Edmonton and Calgary. On paper, it shapes up to be a win for the Kings. But, of course, if anyone believes games were won solely on paper, then they'd have another thing coming.
Both clubs share an identical mark of 4-5-1 in their last 10 but there is plenty of upside on both sides. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard who, like his counterpart Jonathan Quick, will be representing Team USA at next month's Olympics, has stepped up his game since returning from a knee injury. In four of his last six appearances, Howard has allowed two or fewer goals - and that includes last Saturday at Staples. Speaking of Quick, however, the Kings' backstop has stopped 56 of 57 shots over his last two outings and looks to continue said hot streak on Saturday as his team continues their road trip.
The unsung Trevor Lewis even made some noise last game vaulting the Kings to victory in St. Louis thanks to two third-period goals. The tallies came after the Salt Lake City native went 38 games without a single goal.
Overall, it should be a fun game. Again, they may not be conference rivals anymore but the Kings/Wings battle should not lack any excitement.
Enjoy the game!