The Los Angeles Kings will be on the road Sunday taking the ice against the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Kings will be looking for their second win in three games following a 4-5 shootout loss against the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Red Wings will be looking for a third consecutive win after beating the Canadiens 2-1 in Montreal Saturday night.
Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles will take the ice at 13-18-3 following a 4-5 loss in Pittsburgh against the Penguins. The Kings were able to outshoot Pittsburgh 42-27 while winning 28 of 57 faceoffs. Los Angeles was unable to score a goal on any of their three power-play opportunities while defending the net three of the four times they were forced to skate shorthanded. They had 10 blocked shots and five takeaways in the game.
The Kings have been good for an average of 2.48 goals per game this season while giving up 3.15 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 33.9 shots per game while allowing 28.1 on the defensive end of the ice. Los Angeles has scored 14 power-play goals for a 13.1 conversion rate to go with a 73.3 penalty kill percentage.
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings will skate into this one 9-22-3 following a 2-1 win against the Canadiens in Montreal. Detroit was outshot 20-43 in the game while winning just 26 of 54 faceoffs. The Wings were able to score a goal on one of their four power-play opportunities while defending the net the only time they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 16 blocked shots and five takeaways in the game.
Detroit has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 2.18 goals per game for the season while giving up 3.94 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 28.9 shots per game while allowing 32.1 on the defensive end of the ice. They have 17 power-play goals this season for a 16.2 conversion rate to go with a 72.8 penalty kill percentage.
As of late Saturday night, both the line and total were off for this game. It will be the second game in as many nights for both teams. I like the Kings winning in Detroit. They have better numbers on both ends of the ice as well as a higher percentage on the penalty kill. I think this one stays close and the score stays low, but I like Los Angeles getting the win.
The Kings are 4-1 in their previous five games vs. Detroit.
Detroit is 1-6 in their previous seven games at home.
Detroit is 2-12 in their previous 14 games.