Kings 5, Detroit Red Wings 0
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS:. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will need some ice tonight. In what amounted to a paranormal effort, the 24-year-old stopped a career-high 51 shots Monday in a 5-0 victory against Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. He used his pads, his glove, his chest, even an outstretched stick to sweep one puck away. He had 26 saves in the second period alone.
THE STAT: After Quick’s save totals, any other stat would seem so inconsequential. The offense can’t be overlooked, however. Anze Kopitar scored two goals, Drew Doughty had three assists and Oscar Moller scored a goal in his first game since getting recalled from Manchester.
TURNING POINT: The Red Wings were out-skating the Kings from the drop of the puck, and it seemed only a matter of minutes before they’d take a 1-0 lead, but it was the Kings who struck first with 6:43 remaining in the opening period. Wayne Simmonds collected a rebound off a shot from Matt Greene, spun and scored his fifth goal of the season.
HOT: Kopitar has five goals in his last five games. He’s been doing a lot of scavenging around the net lately and it’s paying off with rebound and redirection opportunities, as was the case in both goals against the Red Wings.
NOT: Right about now, the Red Wings are probably hoping they don’t run into the Kings in the playoffs. Detroit has now lost four straight against the Kings. They’ll go for five consecutive wins Feb. 28 at Staples Center.
GOOD MOVE: Willie Mitchell proclaimed himself ready to play against the Red Wings and coach Terry Murray listened. Mitchell, who had been out since Nov. 6 with a fractured left wrist, was his usual steady influence in the defensive zone and led the team in ice time at 27:10. It was Mitchell's 600th career game.
BAD MOVE: Greene got crunched against the boards in the first period and did not come out for the second. Word out of Detroit is it’s some kind of upper-body injury, so we’ll keep track of that. It seems every time the Kings get a healthy body back, they lose another to injury.
NOTABLE: Jack Johnson, who said he looks forward to playing in Detroit so he can sleep in his own bed at his parent's home in Bloomfield Hills, also scored for the Kings.
UP NEXT: at St. Louis, Thursday.