Tonight the Red Wings look to put the frustrations of Thursday’s come-from-behind loss to Nashville behind them when the Los Angeles Kings come in to Joe Louis Arena.
No lineup changes are expected for Detroit. Jimmy Howard will be again starting in goal. The Wings held a morning skate this morning which was rather sparsely attended; only Howard, Ty Conklin, Tomas Holmstrom, Jonathan Ericsson, Mike Commodore, and Justin Abdelkader were out on the ice, while the rest of the team opted for off-ice workouts.
Meanwhile, Mike Babcock has been praising his team’s physical play. “The more physical we can be, the better opportunity I believe this team has,” Babcock said. “I think we can skill our way around the rink, but if we work and we’re gritty and we’re determined, we’re a much better team.”
Los Angeles has been in more than a little turmoil lately. They fired head coach Andy Murray earlier this week and are expected to hire Darryl Sutter as a replacement, but there seem to be some issues to be worked out with closing out Sutter’s contract with his former team, the Calgary Flames. Former Philadelphia Flyers coach John Stevens is guiding the Kings in the interim.
The Kings have been an offensive disappointment so far this season. (Let’s keep it that way for at least one more night, right?) They have some talented forwards like Anze Kopitar and Simon Gagne, but they are last in the NHL in goals per game, averaging only 2.13. Their defense and goaltending have at least been solid, with goalie Jonathan Quick currently holding a 2.09 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.
Tonight, like last Saturday, I won’t be around to post a game recap for you as I’ll be at the game. (Thank you, StubHub, for last minute deals on tickets!) Check the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and MLive for all your recap needs!
Let’s go, Red Wings! *clap clap clapclapclap*