L.A. Kings vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick
While the Kings seem to still be hanging on to the past, the Red Wings have already begun the rebuilding process in Detroit. Look for the Kings to be major sellers at the trade deadline. There are still some pieces that might be able to help a playoff team, so they have some bargaining chips despite their horrid start to the year.
The only Red Wings you will find on the roster from when there were better days are Niklas Kronwall and Jimmy Howard. Bertuzzi? No, that is Tyler Bertuzzi, not Todd. He is the nephew of Todd. After Tyler got suspended for punching Matt Calvert on bench, there are certainly some shades of Todd there, though.
The Red Wings have dug themselves out of a hole after starting the season with no wins in their first eight games. Since starting the year at 1-9, the Wings have gone 12-8. Not too bad after getting embarrassed to open the season in October. They recently brought the Lightning to a shootout and beat the Maple Leafs, so there have been some positives to find.
Howard holds a respectable 2.77 GAA and 0.92 save percentage. He is one of the elders on this roster, and may be up for trade consideration at the deadline. Guys like Thomas Vanek, Mike Green, Kronwall, and Howard skews their average age up, but the core of this team is dominated by youngsters like Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, and Tyler Bertuzzi.
I think the Wings have an edge in that department. They should be able to exploit the Kings’ older core. The Kings have averaged just 1.67 goals per game on the road this season, and overall, they’re 31st in the NHL with 2.2 goals per game. No, Seattle isn’t playing yet, so 31st puts them at the very back of the league. Also note that the Wings are 25-7-1 over the Kings in their previous 33 dates in Detroit. The Wings are a good for a spot play here and there,