Kings get chance at redemption vs. Detroit

Just four days after their Meltdown in Motown, the Kings will get a chance for revenge tomorrow night when they host the Detroit Red Wings. The first game back after a road trip is traditionally tough for the home team, but the Kings have put themselves in a position where they can’t afford to fall into the normal trappings of the season. The wounds are still fresh from Friday, when the Red Wings scored two late goals to beat the Kings in regulation. The Red Wings are expected to regain the services of goalie Jimmy Howard, but the status of some of their other injured players remains undetermined. Anze Kopitar said the Kings won’t dwell too much on the previous loss to Detroit…

KOPITAR: “You throw the DVD away and you forget about it. There’s just no time for thinking about it, pretty much. You’ve got to look ahead and play the games that are coming up.’’

Kopitar also talked about rebounding from the loss to Detroit with last night’s victory over Chicago and being able to salvage a “decent’’ 2-2 road trip…

KOPITAR: “It was a decent road trip. Maybe the effort in Columbus was not where we wanted it to be, or the game itself, but we played good in Detroit and we took the positives out (of it). Darryl came in and said that if we play like that, most likely we’re going to win games. We just put it together. Now, it’s that time of the year. In the position we’re in right now, you can’t look back at what happened. You can only look ahead. I know it sounds like that every time, but you have to put it behind you. Whether it was a 7-1 loss or a 3-2 loss, it doesn’t really matter. You’ve got to put it behind you and look ahead and play the games that are coming up.’’

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