Series (Game 1 of 4)

Detroit leads 4-0

Game 1: Thursday, October 13th
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Game 2: Wednesday, November 9th
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Game 3: Monday, November 28th
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Game 4: Thursday, March 9th
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Red Wings 5

(4-1-0, 8 pts)

Kings 2

(3-2-0, 6 pts)

10:30 PM ET, October 13, 2005

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

1 2 3 T
DET 1 0 45
LA 0 1 12

J. Franzen (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

B. Shanahan (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Armstrong (Kings - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Detroit (3-1-0) at Los Angeles (3-1-0) 10:30 pm EDT

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 five-game homestand.

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 late goals.

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.