Red Wings vs. Kings preview: Cup champions looking for turnaround

Claus Andersen

The Los Angeles Kings have had an uneven start to the season after winning the Cup last summer and now face the Detroit Red Wings on national television on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Kings take on the Detroit Red Wings on NBC on Sunday afternoon, aiming to rebound from an uneven and inconsistent start to their Cup-defending season.

The Kings have just three wins to start the season, one in the shootout, allowing an incredibly uncustomary 3.00 goals per game while sitting firmly in the bottom half of the league at just 2.11 goals scored per contest. Los Angeles has lost three of their last four, including a 3-0 shutout loss in Nashville, as the Kings work through a tough five-game road trip.

As troubling as Jonathan Quick's goaltending through nine games has been (2.67 GAA, .889 save percentage) it's the scoring woes that continue to plague a Kings team that had apparently fixed the issue during last season's Cup run. Six players are tied with the team scoring lead with just five points through nine games, with the Kings best players struggling as much defensively as they have been putting the pucks in the net.

The Kings will have to turn things around against a Detroit Red Wings team that is working through an inconsistent start to the season of their own. Detroit has won two in a row after disappointing losses to Columbus and Calgary, allowing just two goals in wins over St. Louis and Edmonton.

The Red Wings are led by familiar faces, with Henrik Zetterberg off to a big start to his season with 16 points in 11 games with newcomer Damien Brunner leading the veteran team with five goals in his rookie season.

Puck is set to drop at 12:30 p.m. ET with national coverage on NBC and on TSN in Canada.

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