Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Detroit leads 4-0

Game 1: Thursday, October 13th
Red Wings5Final
Game 2: Wednesday, November 9th
Red Wings5
Game 3: Monday, November 28th
Red Wings5Final
Game 4: Thursday, March 9th
Red Wings7

Kings 4

(10-5-1, 21 pts)

Red Wings 5

(14-2-1, 29 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 9, 2005

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 OT T
LA 1 0 3 04
DET 1 1 2 15

R. Lang (Red Wings - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

T. Holmstrom (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

D. Cleary (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Los Angeles (10-5-0) at Detroit (13-2-1) 7:30 pm ET

Los Angeles (10-5-0) at Detroit (13-2-1), 7:30 pm ET

DETROIT ( 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."

If Legace doesn't return, Chris Osgood will get the start.

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. Louis Blues.

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, 2000.

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 period.

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 Wings.