February 28, 2011 5:20 pm

Scouting the Red Wings

Don’t forget, there’s actually an NHL game tonight between the Kings and the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings made a little bit of their own news today, signing goalie Jimmy Howard to a two-year, $4.5-million contract extension. The Red Wings, to little surprise, are cruising along this season, in second place in the Western Conference. They’ve been struggling a bit at home of late but have won five consecutive road games, most recently a 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo on Saturday. The Kings are 2-0-0 against Detroit this season, with a 3-2 overtime win at Staples Center on Dec. 4 and a 5-0 win at Detroit on Dec. 13. For the latest on the Red Wings, here’s a couple stories from the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, followed by the expected lineups for the Red Wings and Kings and the Red Wings’ full roster…

Red Wings lock up Jimmy Howard with two-year extension

Trade deadline day quiet for Wings’ Ken Holland: `We like our team’

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RED WINGS LINEUP
Danny Cleary-Pavel Datsyuk-Jiri Hudler
Valtteri Filppula-Henrik Zetterberg-Todd Bertuzzi
Justin Abdelkader-Mike Modano-Tomas Holmstrom
Kris Draper-Darren Helm-Drew Miller

Nicklas Lidstrom-Brad Stuart
Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl-Ruslan Salei

Jimmy Howard

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KINGS LINEUP
Richardson-Kopitar-Simmonds
Smyth-Stoll-Brown
Ponikarovsky-Handzus-Williams
Clifford-Lewis-Westgarth

Mitchell-Doughty
Johnson-Scuderi
Martinez-Greene

Quick

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RED WINGS ROSTER
4 — Jakub Kindl — D
5 — Nicklas Lidstrom — D
8 — Justin Abdelkader — LW
11 — Danny Cleary — RW
13 — Pavel Datsyuk — C
17 — Patrick Eaves — RW
20 — Drew Miller — LW
23 — Brad Stuart — D
24 — Ruslan Salei — D
26 — Jiri Hudler — C
28 — Brian Rafalski — D
33 — Kris Draper — C
40 — Henrik Zetterberg — LW
43 — Darren Helm — C
44 — Todd Bertuzzi — RW
51 — Valtteri Filppula — C
52 — Jonathan Ericsson — D
55 — Niklas Kronwall — D
90 — Mike Modano — C
93 — Johan Franzen — RW
96 — Tomas Holmstrom — LW

31 — Joey MacDonald — G
35 — Jimmy Howard — G

Injured-reserve list:
30 — Chris Osgood — G

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