NHL Odds: Detroit Red Wings at LA Kings
By: Brad Young
Sunday, February 27, 2011
The Kings have won the past four meetings with the Red Wings.
Detroit (38-18-4-2) begins the western portion of its five-game road trip firmly entrenched near the top of the standings. The Red Wings currently have a comfortable 12-point lead atop the Central Division, and remain in second in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles (35-23-2-2) presently finds itself in third place in the tightly packed Pacific Division, four points behind San Jose and just one behind Phoenix. However, the Kings are ahead of fourth-place Dallas by a point and last-place Anaheim by five. Los Angeles enters this matchup slotted for the fifth spot in the Western Conference.
Detroit is second in the league in goals per game (3.3) and fifth in power-play percentage (21.2), while a more modest 14th in penalty-kill percentage (81.9) and 19th in goals against (2.9). Los Angeles ranks fourth in goals against (2.4) and sixth in penalty-kill percentage (84.4), but 19th in goals per game (2.7) and 20th in power-play percentage (17.1).
Detroit had suffered back-to-back setbacks before skating past Buffalo in a shootout Saturday as 125 road ‘chalk,’ 3-2. The combined five goals slithered below the 5 ½-goal closing total, helping the ‘under’ improve to 3-1 the past four performances.
The Red Wings secured their fifth straight road victory despite quickly following behind in the first period, 2-0. Pavel Datsyuk lit the lamp with a second-period power play, while Jiri Hudler netted the game-tying goal with under a minute remaining. Backup netminder Joey MacDonald stopped 30 shots in the victory that included a couple of key saves in the shootout.
Los Angeles stretched its current winning streak to three games after upending Colorado Saturday as a decided 220 home favorite, 4-3. The combined seven goals toppled the 5 ½-goal closing total, helping the ‘over’ cash the second straight matchup.
The Kings appeared headed to an easy victory before surrendering three goals in the third period. Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, while Jarret Stoll and defenseman Drew Doughty netted power play goals. Los Angeles finished the contest with advantages in faceoffs won, 39-24, and shots on goal, 42-17.
The Kings have beaten Detroit the previous four meetings, including both contests this season. Los Angeles prevailed Dec. 4 in overtime as a 127 home favorite, 3-2, and Dec. 13 as a 156 road underdog, 5-0. The ‘under’ is 4-1 the last five games in this series.
Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski (back) is ‘questionable’ versus the Kings, while center Johan Franzen (personal) is expected to miss this matchup. The Red Wings follow this contest with road games against Anaheim, San Jose and Phoenix. Detroit has seen the ‘under’ go 10-3-1 its last 14 Monday games.
Los Angeles right wing Scott Parse remains ‘out’ of action due to a hip injury suffered in mid-November. The Kings continue a six-game homestand against Phoenix, Vancouver and Dallas. Los Angeles has seen the ‘under’ go 7-1 its past eight Monday matchups.
NHLNET will provide coverage of Monday’s matchup beginning at 7:30 p.m. PT from the Kings’ Staples Center.