Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 42 vs. Detroit, January 11, 2016, 7:30pm PST
They closed out the first half of the regular season on a somewhat-sour note. The Los Angeles Kings lost in the shootout to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, but did earn the point to give them their best first half in 41 years. At 55 points, though, the Kings are far from satisfied as they get set to host the 22-13-7 Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
This will mark the second and final meeting between the Kings and Wings this season. The Wings, winners of four-in-a-row, defeated the silver-and-black by a 3-2 score back on Nov. 20 at Joe Louis Arena. En route to the win, Detroit scored two goals in 28 seconds while Petr Mrazek was spectacular as he turned away 35 shots in said victory. They are also coming off a 2-1 win in Anaheim on Sunday to improve their record in one-goal games this year to an amazing 17-3-7.
While Henrik Zetterberg leads the Wings in points with 40, it is rookie Dylan Larkin leading the way in goals with 13. He already scored against the Kings in November so the silver-and-black will have to work extra hard to contain the youngster — in addition to Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyqvist and veteran Pavel Datsyuk.
The Kings are coming off a solid defensive showing against the Blues. They will hope for more of the same but this time with more pressure on the netminder, whether it will be Mrazek or Jimmy Howard. The Kings also killed off a crucial — albeit controversial — five-minute major late in regulation on Saturday which ultimately earned them a point.
The Red Wings are now in second-place in a very tight Northeast Division while the Kings, still in a comfortable lead in the Pacific, are simply looking to get back on the winning track before embarking on their longest layoff of the season.
We’ll see what happens on Monday.
Enjoy the game!