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"Overall, we played a pretty solid road game," Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "When you play against a team like this, there's not a lot of quality chances. There were a lot of ugly chances. You have to get in front of the net, get pucks on net and get there for second chances.
"We didn't really get in the middle (of the ice) in the second period, but in the third, we had a really good push again. After they scored, we had some pretty good shifts and good chances, but they're a good team and they won tonight."
And, via RedWingsFeed, the Wings' website posted clips of post-game comments from Zetterberg...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy said he felt "so-so," that his performance Monday wasn't good enough in a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
Howard was back in net for the first time in nearly two weeks. He doesn't know when he will start again. Petr Mrazek has been brilliant, especially of late, and is sure to get the majority of starts.
The back-up role, with the exception of last year's playoff series against Tampa Bay, is unfamiliar to Howard, who has been the Red Wings' workhorse since 2009-10.
One of the challenges he faces is staying sharp with infrequent appearances.
"The only way to get better game shape is by playing and in order to do that you've got to perform," Howard said. "We'll see the next time I get a start."
The Detroit Red Wings did their best to not get run into the ice by the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, and they actually did a fine job of rallying from a 1-goal deficit, taking a 2-1 lead after 1 period and nursing a 2-2 tie through the 2nd intermission...
But the Wings weren't able to contain the Kings' power play, and ultimately, "chasing the game" for chunks of the first and third periods yielded a 4-2 loss that represented Detroit's first loss on its 6-game road trip (with one game to go in Phoenix on Thursday).
The Kings were more than willing to admit that their power play was the key to their victory--as was Anze Kopitar's 4-point night--as they told the Los Angeles Times' Lisa Dillman:
The Red Wings faced a particularly stiff task in battling the surging Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, and with Jimmy Howard starting the back-to-back contest, there were real question marks as to whether Howard could rebound from his difficult December.
Howard was OK but not great as the Red Wings were out-hustled, out-checked, out-shot and mostly out-muscled en route to a 4-2 loss to the Kings. The Red Wings did their damnedest to rally from an early 1-0 hole, and they did just that, taking a 2-1 lead on goals from Tatar and Marchenko, but the Kings tied things up in a brutal second period, went ahead on an early third-period power play, and both legally and illegally pounded the Wings into the ice physically as the officiating sta...
MLive's Ansar Khan reporst that the Red Wings placed Drew Miller on the LTIR due to a torn meniscus in his knee...
"He has a torn meniscus," general manager Ken Holland said. "Out a minimum of one month and possibly longer."
Miller will fly home for further evaluation while the team travels to Phoenix following tonight's game for Thursday's contest against the Arizona Coyotes.
Miller was injured during his first shift in the third period, when he was hit by Shea Theodore along the boards in the offensive zone.
It's an especially tough break for Miller, the club's top penalty-killing forward and shot-blocker. He was playing in just his second game back after missing 14 games from a broken jaw on Dec. 3.
And the Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...
"He's going to go home and see our doctor," Holland said. "He'll be further evaluated, see if he needs surgery, or just time, but he is out at least month.
"It is a big loss. He is an important part of our team, is an elite penalty killer and part of our shut-down line."
As doe the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
Of prospect-related note:
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin scored a goal in 19:36 of ice time as SKA St. Petersburg defeated Medvescak 5-3.
And the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release this evening:
From the Red Wings:
This gives the Wings the "internal cap space" necessary to activate Quincey, but what Miller's injury is remains unknown as of 5:45 PM EST. Miller will miss at least 10 games with whatever's amiss.
Update: It doesn't sound like we're going to find out what's wrong with Miller soon:
Updated 5x at 5:19 PM: Both the Red Wings and Kings held optional morning skates ahead of tonight's game (10:30 PM EST on FSD/FS West/Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific/97.1 FM), and the biggest news that came from the morning skate involved Kyle Quincey returning to the lineup as the team reevaluated Drew Miller's status.
LAKIngs.com's Jon Rosen filed a Kings morning skate report...
From the Midland Daily News:
The 9th annual Pulse3 Foundation’s Shocks and Saves charity game will take place at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at The Dow Event Center, prior to the Spirit’s home game against the Kitchener Rangers.
The game is presented in partnership with Mobile Medical Response and the Saginaw Spirit.
Local physicians will skate with local emergency medical personnel in a game that features the talents of Detroit Red Wings and NHL alumni Jiri Fischer, John Ogrodnick, Darren McCarty, Petr Klima, Sergei Samsonov and Todd Bidner.
Tickets are $13 and include admission to the Spirit game. They can be purchased online at http://www.saginawspirit.net/groupsales (with Group ID: CPR2016 and Password: Saves) or by calling the Saginaw Spirit group sales office at (989) 497-6506.
Be sure to ask for a “charity ticket” and the Saginaw Spirit will donate $5 of the ticket price to fight heart disease locally.
All charity ticket holders will also receive a chance to win a Columbus Blue Jackets jersey signed by former Saginaw Spirit player Brandon Saad.
An online auction will take place two weeks prior to the game and will continue through the night of the event. Hockey memorabilia, unique experiences and gift certificates to local businesses can be found at http://www.biddingowl.com/shocksandsaves Biddi.ng opens on Friday and mobile bidding stations will be available at the Dow on game day.
The Detroit Red Wings aim to win their 5th straight road game against the Los Angeles Kings this evening (10:30 PM EST on FSD/FS West/Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific/97.1 FM).
The Wings are coming off of a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, and Detroit will start Jimmy Howard opposite Jonathan Quick.
Wings fans and the beat writers alike were waiting for news regarding Drew Miller, per DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Waiting for morning skate at Staples Center. Hopefully, we'll learn more about Drew Miller's injury and how it affects #RedWings cap issues.
And this isn't necessarily surprising:
Jakub Kindl is on a plane to Charlotte where he'll join the Griffins.
Prior to the teams' morning skates, the Free Press's Helene St. James reported that the Wings were "status quo" with Kyle Quincey...
As of early this morning California time, the Wings had not made any moves to activate defenseman Kyle Quincey, as was the plan Sunday. Defenseman Jakub Kindl cleared waivers over the weekend, but sending him to the minors only gives the Wings $950,000 in salary cap relief. Quincey has a $2.4-million salary cap hit.
And St. James discussed Jimmy Howard's status as the Wings' starter this evening:
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