Red Wings – Ducks Pregame Notes

It’s the middle game of Detroit’s three-game West Coast road trip tonight, as the Red Wings visit the Anaheim Ducks.

The only lineup change for the Wings is a minor one. Chris Osgood is back from his groin injury and will back up Jimmy Howard, with Joey MacDonald having been sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Osgood is expected to get the start tomorrow in Los Angeles, a game which should also see Kris Draper make his season debut.

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Red Wings Blow Two-goal Lead, Fall to Kings, 3-2

The Detroit Red Wings had a two-goal lead less than halfway through the first period Saturday night but couldn’t hold onto it, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Los Angeles Kings.

Valtteri Filppula walked in untouched on Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick, beating him with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle at 5:29 of the first to open the scoring.

Just 2:02 later, a Brian Rafalski shot bounced off Todd Bertuzzi‘s knee and went past Quick on a five-on-three to put the Red Wings up by a pair.

The rest of the game would be all Los Angeles, however.

Anze Kopitar beat Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a rebound chance after a turnover by Jonathan Ericsson only 1:55 into the second period.

Peter Harrold tied it up at 6:27 of the third, then Brad Richardson put the Kings in front with 7:57 remaining, tipping in a chance from the slot.

The loss leaves the Red Wings three points behind the Kings in the standings and drops them back out of a playoff spot.

Howard made 30 saves on the night, facing 33 Kings chances. Quick stopped 31 of 33 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Kings were scoreless in the same number of chances with the extra attacker.

Three fans made their way into the Joe Louis Arena rafters over section 124 at the start of the third period. The section was evactuated while security handled the situation.