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At a Glance: Los Angeles Kings

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Saturday, 02.9.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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At a Glance: Los Angeles Kings

DETROIT – Talk about puzzling.

Certainly, slow starts in a lockout shortened season, can spell doom, but it’s truly amazing to think that the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings are among the underachievers.

Sure, the Kings were the No. 8 seed in the West before they made their incomparable march to the Cup championship. But this year’s squad can’t find a way to put the biscuit in the basket.

Aside from center Jeff Carter, who has four goals in eight games, the rest of the Kings have 15 goals, including three each from right wing Dustin Brown and center Anze Kopitar.

The Kings are in the midst of a grueling three-week stretch where they play eight of nine games away from Staples Center. But Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey, who played a season in Los Angeles, said the Kings’ forwards have a way of wearing down the opposition.

“Their biggest strength is probably their attention to detail and they’re so good defensively,” said Quincey, who played for the Kings in 2008-09. “We’re going to have a challenge, and when we do get a chance to score we have to bury it. They’re a grind team. They go out and love their big forwards, right? They try to wear you do and we have to try and play in their zone as much as we can and try to limit them from buzzing around in our zone. That will be the challenge for this game.”

Sunday afternoon’s nationally televised game at Joe Louis Arena is the third stop on a five-game road swing for the Kings.

Anze Kopitar
Center - LAK
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 5
SOG: 13 | +/-: 1
PLAYER TO WATCH

C ANZE KOPITAR -- Kopitar has three goals and two assists over the last five games with two goals coming in a win at Phoenix on Jan. 26. He missed the Kings’ banner-raising ceremony with a sprained right knee that he sustained while playing for Mora IK in Sweden in early January. While the Slovenian star has gotten off to a relatively slow in this compressed season, he has led the Kings in scoring in each of the last five seasons, producing 25 goals and 76 points during the 2011-12 campaign. In his career against Detroit, Kopitar has potted seven goals and 20 points with a minus-8 rating in 23 games.

NUMEROLOGY

Season Series: 0-0-0

2011-12 Season Series: 3-1-0

All-Time Series Record: 80-78-27-2

Los Angeles’ 2011-12 Season Record: 40-27-15

Top Scorer vs. Red Wings: Justin Williams – 2 Goals, 3 Assists in 4 Games.

Red Wings’ Top Scorer – Henrik Zetterberg – 3 Goals, 2 Assists in 4 Games; Niklas Kronwall – 2 Goals, 3 Assists in 4 Games; Johan Franzen – 1 Goal, 4 Assists in 4 Games.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89