Detroit vs Los Angeles: Bring in the Kids

Tonight’s game between the Wings and Kings is two points that Detroit can’t let go by. The problem is, Los Angeles needs those two point to stay in the playoff picture.

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Injury trouble keeps on building for the Wings. Pavel Datsyuk, Nick Lidstrom, Jimmy Howard, Todd Bertuzzi, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Patrick Eaves are all out nursing minor to severe injuries and it’s possible that the list is growing. Gustav Nyquist was recalled yesterday and now Joakim Andersson has been brought in this morning, which brings me to speculate that Hank may be out tonight as it’s been rumored that he hasn’t been playing at 100%. Let’s hope its just my paranoia.

There is good news with Datsyuk and Lidstrom practicing yesterday. They won’t return to the lineup this weekend, but progress is being made. All this rest for some of the star players could come in handy in April and May.

Detroit needs every point they can get. As of now they sit 4th in the west and are 4 points behind the Blues with a game in hand. The Blues just keep winning, and with 14 games left it loks like it will be a two horse race to the end. Winning the central will be key to a long run in the playoffs.

DET is 79-77-27-2 all-time vs LAK
DET is 45-34-13-1 all-time vs LAK on home ice
DET is T-4th in the NHL in goals/game (3.04) ranks 4th in GA/game (2.30)
DET ranks 5th in the NHL in shots/game (32.6) and 3rd in SA/game (27.0)
DET is T-1st in the NHL in victories (43) and 4th in points (89)
DET is 2nd in the NHL in fewest PIM/game (8.7)
DET leads all NHL teams in home goals scored (118) and is 2nd in home GA (58)
DET is 72-4-4 the last 80 times they’ve scored 4+ goals in a game

• J. Franzen’s next GWG will tie him with S. Fedorov for the DET single-season record (11)
• J. Franzen is T-1st in the NHL in GWG (10) and T-5th in PPG (11)
• I. White leads all NHL defensemen with a rating of +30
• J. Hudler ranks 3rd in the NHL in shooting percentage (21.5%) and is T-23rd in even-strength goals (18)
• N. Kronwall is T-2nd in the NHL in goals by a defenseman (14) and 9th in blocked shots (147)
• N. Kronwall recorded a career-high 4 assists/points on 12/19/07 vs LAK
• V. Filppula scored his first goal at Joe Louis Arena on 12/31/06 vs LAK
• V. Filppula is T-2nd in the NHL in points by a Finnish-born player (54)
• V. Filppula is T-17th in the NHL in home ice scoring (33GP-12G-21A-33P)
• H. Zetterberg has recorded 3G-11A-14P in his last 13 Friday games
• H. Zetterberg hast tallied 3G-6A-9P in his last 5 games played
• T. Holmstrom’s next PPG will tie him with U. Dahlen for 5th place all-time in NHL history amongst Swedish-born players:

RK Player PPG
1 M. Sundin 160
2 N. Lidstrom 132
3 D. Alfredsson 128
4 M. Naslund 126
5 U. Dahlen 120
6 T. Sandstrom 119
6 T. Holmstrom 119

F. Smith vs. LAK, Feb. 1, 1968
P. Stemkowski vs. LAK, Jan. 9, 1969
F. Mahovlich vs. LAK, Feb. 9, 1969
G. Howe vs. LAK, Feb. 16, 1969
R. Berenson vs. LAK, Jan. 12, 1974
J. Ogrodnick vs. LAK, Nov. 5, 1981
I. Boldirev (4) @ LAK, March 24, 1984
S. Yzerman vs. LAK, Feb. 14, 1990
S. Fedorov (4) vs. LAK, Feb. 12, 1995
*M. Lapointe vs. LAK, Apr. 15, 2000


Note to all the Kings… Keep your head up.

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