Los Angeles (10-5-0) at Detroit (13-2-1), 7:30 pm ET
DETROIT (ESPN.com news services) -- Although they are undefeated on the road,
the Detroit Red Wings have shown some vulnerability in
"Hockeytown" this season.
The Red Wings look to avoid a third consecutive home defeat
Wednesday when they host the Los Angeles Kings in an
early-season clash of division leaders.
The Wings could get a boost from Manny Legace. According to reports from Detroit-area newspapers, the goalie could return tonight after missing three games with a groin injury.
According to the reports, Legace practiced Tuesday and said he was ready.
"It took awhile to trust [the groin], and I was hesitant to go down on it," Legace told reporters. "But halfway through practice, I was fine. ... if [coach Mike Babcock] wants me to. I'm sick of sitting out."
Detroit, which is 6-2-1 at Joe Louis Arena, own the best record
in the NHL and lead the Western Conference with 63 goals.
Tomas Holmstrom, who has five goals in his last three games,
scored twice and added an assist and Brendan Shanahan notched
his ninth tally for Detroit in Sunday's 4-1 victory over the St.
Holding a one-point lead over Dallas in the Pacific Division,
the Kings have won three of four and will be looking for their
first victory at Detroit in eight tries dating to February 18,
Pavol Demitra, whose 18 points are tied with defenseman Lubomir
Visnovsky for the team lead, scored the game-winning goal in
Saturday's shootout as Los Angeles rebounded from a two-goal
deficit to post a 3-2 triumph over the Nashville Predators.
Goaltender Jason Labarbera won for the eighth time in 10 games
for the Kings, who outshot the Predators, 21-2, in the third
Kirk Maltby and Jiri Fischer scored shorthanded goals in the
third period of Detroit's 5-2 victory over Los Angeles on
October 13, which began a nine-game winning streak for the Red