Osgood Strong as Red Wings Down Kings

Red Wings goaltender returned from a ten-day rest to stop 30 of 31 shots against, leading Detroit to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

The only goal he allowed was a power play marker by Alexander Frolov 4:48 into the third period.

After a failed clearing attempt by Detroit, Frolov circled behind the net and came back out front for a chance. Osgood stopped his first attempt but Frolov banged home the rebound chance to pull the Kings within a goal.

Derek Meech scored the Red Wings’ first goal with 7:52 left in the second period. Ville Leino brought the puck from behind the net to the front of the goal and tried to stuff it home. Meech jumped in from the blue line and put in the rebound.

“I saw (Los Angeles’ Anze) Kopitar lose his stick. Leino came from behind the net and tried to stuff it,” Meech said. “And I came in looking for the garbage.”

Just 1:43 into the third Tomas Kopecky made it 2-0 for Detroit, one-timing a shot from an acute angle past Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick.

Quick stopped 39 of 41 Detroit shots on the night.

The game was the 1000th of Kirk Maltby‘s career.

Red Wings – Kings Pregame Notes

Chris Osgood returns to the Red Wings’ crease tonight as Detroit hosts the Los Angeles Kings. This marks his first start since a 6-5 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on February 15.

Tomas Kopecky also returns to the lineup, taking his spot on the fourth line with Ville Leino moved up to the second line to take the injured Marian Hossa‘s spot.

Hossa, hurt during the second period of Wednesday’s win over San Jose, is questionable for tomorrow’s matchup in Nashville.

Chris Chelios and Brett Lebda are healthy scratches. Lebda has recovered from his back injury enough to play if called upon.

I’ll probably miss the start of this one while I’m working on some projects around the house. I’ll catch up as soon as I can.

Hossa Out Against Kings

As Malik put it, “so much for ‘fine.'”

Despite having been delared fit by Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock at the end of last night’s win over the San Jose Sharks, Detroit will be without Marian Hossa for at least Friday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Kings.

“His neck’s stiff,” Babcock said.

“Day-to-day is sometimes 10 days, but I would think he would be back right away.”

Hossa was injured on a hit from Douglas Murray midway through the second period.

Ville Leino – who was scheduled to be the odd-man-out in the fourth line rotation – has been moved up to Hossa’s spot on the second line.

Red Wings Injury Updates

Khan reports that Brad Stuart will return to the Detroit lineup on Wednesday. Stuart hasn’t played in over a month after suffering injuries to his ribs and back while crashing head-first into the boards in Phoenix.

Brett Lebda is also close to returning but will not play against San Jose.

Ty Conklin will get the start in goal for the Red Wings against the Sharks. Chris Osgood will start Friday against the Los Angeles Kings.