Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 18 vs. Detroit, February 27, 2013, 7pm PST (10pm EST)
Riding their longest winning streak of the season, the Los Angeles Kings aim to make it five-straight as they play host to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. The 9-7-3 Red Wings, however, are also looking to add to their winning ways as they go for their third-straight victory at Staples Center hoping to end the month of February on a high note.
This marks the second of three meetings between the Kings and Wings this season with Detroit winning the first meeting back on February 10 in the Motor City. After falling behind 2-0, the Kings came from behind tying the game in the final minute of regulation. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long as Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson scored the game-winner with just four seconds left in the third. The puck trickled through the pads of Jonathan Quick capping off a subpar performance. Much to his credit though, Quick has rebounded admirably since then.
Overall, Quick has a goals-against average of 1.80 and a save percentage of .916 – by far his best numbers to date this season. Since the loss in Detroit, Quick has stopped 104 of 111 shots in the four games he’s played since then in addition to accumulating a save percentage of .941. It seems as though the reigning Conn Smythe winner is back on track.
Then again, the Los Angeles Kings overall have played much better since then losing just once in their next seven outings and now they are tied for 7th in the West just a single point behind the Wings. A win on Wednesday night would do wonders for the Kings although it’s as if the last few games haven’t already.
Of course if the Kings hope to keep their win-streak going, they will need to find a way to contain Detroit’s hottest players. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall is coming off back-to-back three-point nights and forward Danny Cleary has scored four goals in his last four games.
The Los Angeles Kings have started to find their stride as of late and have every intention in continuing their success on Wednesday evening in front of another packed house at Staples Center.
Enjoy the game!