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02-27-2009, 12:44 PM
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Los Angeles @ Detroit - 2/27/09 - 4:30PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(26-25-9, 61 pts)

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Detroit Red Wings
(40-13-8, 88 pts)


4:30PM (PST) @ Joe Louis Arena | Detroit, MI


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GAME PREVIEW
After taking a big step in their drive toward first place in the Western Conference, the Detroit Red Wings hope Chris Osgood can make one of his own against a struggling opponent.

The veteran goaltender is expected to make his first start in nearly two weeks Friday night at home against the Los Angeles Kings, who are looking to avoid their 20th loss in 22 meetings with Detroit.

With a career-worst 3.29 goals-against average and .879 save percentage, Osgood has endured his most trying campaign in 15 seasons. After allowing three goals in each of his last 10 starts and failing to hold on to three one-goal leads in a 6-5 shootout defeat Feb. 15 to visiting Colorado, the Red Wings (40-13-8) gave Osgood a break to recharge mentally.

Osgood, however, has rarely struggled against the Kings (26-25-9) over the past five seasons, allowing 18 goals in 10 starts and winning eight times - including 4-3 in a shootout Oct. 27 in Los Angeles. Another win would give Detroit its first season sweep of the Kings since 2005-06.

Getting Osgood back on track might be what the Red Wings need to overtake San Jose in the West.

A six-game win streak to start this month put Detroit in position to move into first, but it lost three of the next five to enter Wednesday night's matchup with the Sharks five points behind.

Scoring three times in the first 24:08, the Red Wings earned a much-needed 4-1 win in their final meeting with San Jose. Henrik Zetterberg scored a short-handed goal in the second period to put Detroit ahead 3-0 then added a power-play score in the third.

"For sure, we want the first seed," said Zetterberg, who has four goals in four games. "But it's going to be tough because they're ahead of us with 21 games left."

The Red Wings could be without top goal scorer Marian Hossa, who did not play in the third period Wednesday due to concussion-like symptoms. Although limited to 10-plus minutes, Hossa scored the game's opening goal - his 34th - in the first.

The Red Wings, though, have considerable offensive depth, which has helped them score a league-leading 226 goals. Detroit has five players with at least 20 goals and 12 with 30 or more points, led by Pavel Datsyuk's 75.

In losing 19 of the last 21 meetings with Detroit, the Kings have allowed an average of 4.20 goals, and Los Angeles has given up 47 in dropping nine of the past 10 at Joe Louis Arena.

Since winning seven of eight, inconsistency on both ends of the ice has led to a 2-4-2 stretch for Los Angeles.

The Kings scored twice in consecutive losses to start that stretch, and although they responded with 15 goals over the next four, they gave up 19. While Los Angeles has allowed three goals in the last two games, it has scored once in regulation and was shut out for the ninth time this season in a 2-0 loss Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

"We had our looks. We had our opportunities," coach Terry Murray said. "It was a demanding game, and I was proud of our guys because we're such a young team. We have to find a way."

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INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Tom Preissing / Dizziness IR. (Out indefinitely)
Dustin Brown / Personal (Probable for Feb. 27 at Detroit)

DETROIT
Tomas Holmstrom / Hernia IR. (Out until at least early March)
Marian Hossa / Neck (Out until at least Feb. 28 at Nashville)
Brett Lebda / Back (Out until at least Feb. 27 vs. Los Angeles)

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PREVIOUS MEETINGS
01/15/09 - DET @ LAK 4-0 (Red Wings)
12/20/08 - LAK @ DET 6-4 (Red Wings)
10/27/08 - DET @ LAK 4-3 (Red Wings,SO)

*Kings All Time Record against Detroit: 74-69-27-4

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INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 50PTS (19 G / 31 A, -15)
Datsyuk, DET - 75PTS (25 G / 50 A, +30)

Defensemen
Quincey, LA - 32PTS (3 G / 29 A, +1)
Rafalski, DET - 51PTS (8 G / 43 A, +14)

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PROBABLE STARTING GOALTENDERS
Quick, LA - 25 GP (13-8-1)
GAA 2.51 / SV% .912

Osgood, DET - 31 GP (18-5-7)
GAA 3.29 / SV% .879

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TEAM STATS
GAA
LA – 2.77 (11th)
DET – 2.88 (19th)

Avg. Goals For
LA – 2.55 (23rd)
DET – 3.70 (1st)

Power Play %
LA – 19.7 (T-12th)
DET – 27.8 (1st)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 81.8 (T-13th)
DET – 77.7 (28th)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS


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02-27-2009, 01:19 PM
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Lets torch Osgood.
















Pwease?

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Wings missing some pretty important parts for this game. No Hossa or Holmstrom. Ozzie in net, has had a lot of up and down games. Quick for the win.
Go Kings!

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hmm, 4 points out of 8th, 4 points out of last.

Tonight it's time to start another 7 wins in 8 games.

Go KINGS!!!!!!

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God, I hate Detroit. .

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"For sure, we want the first seed,"

Great...they're going to be trying this time. The Kings have a hard enough time with the Wings when they don't give a ****.

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Statement time. The Kings need to start getting mean if they want to salvage any hope for a playoff berth. Let's see what happens. GO KINGS!

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Kings lose 6-2.

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I am looking forward to this game.

Realistically the Red Wings will most likely win, but Kings still have a good chance. D. Brown will bring back our intensity.

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Kings lose 6-2.
That's the spirit.. lol.
Let's Go Kings!!!!!
We have this one 4-2!

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Can we please kick the crap outta these guys!!! Even if we lose the game, can we make them fear us, at least 'somewhat'.

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That pretty much sums it up.










If Quick is on his game and the kings show some offense, they might just might win.

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Kings are due for a HUGE win. It'll come tonight!

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I think that Purcell will be a great feeder to Kopi and Fro which will make it alot harder to defend against since they are great puck holders all three and could easily make anyone of those three a sniper.

I am really looking forward to see this line in action... they will be lethal imo.

..and Purcell will be more "gritt" playing then Kopi and Fro.

This line will be the best.....I said it.

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Kings lose 6-2.
My prediction as well.

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Frolov-Kopitar-Brown
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Who-Gives-A ****

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Looks like we're using different-than-reported lines.

I think it was:

Frolov - Kopitar - Brown
Calder - Stoll - Purcell
O'Sullivan - Handzus - Simmonds
Ivanans - Armstrong - Harrold

Good to see Richardson scratched in favor of Ivanans. If there's one thing you need when playing Detroit, it's a heavyweight. I think their biggest player is Andreas Lilja.


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Looks like we're using different-than-reported lines.

I think it was:

Frolov - Kopitar - Brown
Calder - Stoll - Purcell
O'Sullivan - Handzus - Simmonds
Ivanans - Armstrong - Harrold
dear god....... a line oh hockey goods...
hopefully you are wrong

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4-2 Wings

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God, I hate Detroit. .
AT least your family doesn't live there! Their sports teams (except the Lions) are the only redeeming quality of that city. It is a very depressing place.


The Red Wings wear red because it is going to be a BLOOD BATH!

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we gotta start good

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Detroit looks good, here's hoping for a Detroit/San Jose Western Conference Finals.

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we gotta start good
The Kings don't agree.

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