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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59