Red Wings seem unstoppable

Times Staff Writer

Talk about a regular-season mismatch.

The Detroit Red Wings lead the NHL with 51 points and are 9-0-1 over their last 10 games. The Kings have lost four in a row and have the NHL’s worst record with 26 points.

Tonight, the teams will meet for the second time this season at Joe Louis Arena and the key for the Kings will be finding a way to slow down the Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom.

In Detroit’s 4-3 shootout victory over Washington on Monday, Zetterberg and Holmstrom scored goals in regulation and Datsyuk and Zetterberg scored in the shootout.


Zetterberg, who has seven goals and five assists in a six-game home scoring streak, leads Detroit with 24 goals and 47 points. Datsyuk, who had three assists in regulation against Washington, leads the Red Wings in assists with 28.

“The stuff [Datsyuk] does on the ice is just magic out there,” Holmstrom told reporters after Monday’s game.

The Kings, who have won only twice over their last 10 games, suffered a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Monday.

“When you struggle, you get out of your game and out of your element,” Coach Marc Crawford said after the game. “I thought we got out of our element a little bit tonight.”

The Kings, who did not practice on Tuesday, are 4-9-1 on the road this season with three of their wins coming against San Jose.


at Detroit, 4:30 p.m., FSN West

Site -- Joe Louis Arena.

Radio -- 1150.

Records -- Kings 12-20-2, Red Wings 24-6-3.

Series Record -- Red Wings, 1-0.

Update -- Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar lead the Kings with 15 goals each, followed by Michael Cammalleri’s 14. The Kings’ Lubomir Visnovsky has only one goal this season and has a plus/minus rating of minus-14. Detroit has won 14 of its last 15 games against the Kings.