Detroit (3-1-0) at Los Angeles (3-1-0), 10:30 pm EDT
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Staples Center has been kind to the
Los Angeles Kings in the early-going, but a formidable test
stands in the way.
The Kings will try to remain perfect at home when they host the
Detroit Red Wings on Thursday in a matchup of two of the top
teams in the Western Conference.
After a difficult loss at Dallas to open the season in which Los
Angeles gave up five straight goals, the club has reeled off
three consecutive wins against conference rivals to start a
The Kings took care of the previously unbeaten Edmonton Oilers
with a 3-1 win Tuesday. Dustin Brown had the game-winner with a
power-play tally late in the second period, providing enough for
Jason Labarbera in net.
Labarbera improved to 2-0-0 this year by stopping 23 of 24 shots
as Los Angeles maintained its strong start on defense. The
Kings have allowed just four goals in the first three games of
their homestand, and between Labarbera and Mathieu Garon own the
league's sixth-lowest goals-against average at 2.22.
The Red Wings enter with the most goals (17) in the league but
were stymied in their first loss of the season Monday, a 4-2
defeat to Vancouver. Detroit failed on six power-play chances,
including two with a two-man advantage, and allowed a pair of
Detroit is expected to get a boost with the return of captain
Steve Yzerman. The Red Wings' all-time leader in assists
(1,043) and the sixth-ranked points producer (1,721) in NHL
history, Yzerman has been absent with a groin injury.