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Thursday, October 13th (All times eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (3-1-0) at Los Angeles Kings (3-1-0), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will have captain Steve Yzerman on the ice for the first time since May of 2004 this evening when they start a two-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

Yzerman, who leads all active players in scoring with 1,721 points, has sat out the first four games of the season with a groin injury. The 40-year-old center also had his 2003-04 postseason cut short when an errant puck hit him in the face, breaking bones near his eye.

He will be sporting a visor tonight.

Detroit comes into tonight's contest on the heels of its first loss of the season, a 4-2 setback at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks. Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Holmstrom tallied in the loss for the Red Wings, who had won their first three games of the year.

Samuelsson has scored a goal in every game this season and has tallied in five straight games dating back to the 2003-04 season, marking the best stretch of his career.

On the milestone front, defenseman Chris Chelios, the oldest Red Wings player in history at 43 years and 261 days, will be skating in his 1,400th game tonight.

The Red Wings, who will conclude their brief trip in Phoenix on Saturday, won their only game awam home this season.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, has won three in a row after handing the Edmonton Oilers their first loss of the season on Tuesday. Dustin Brown's power-play goal in the second period snapped a tie and Jason LaBarbera posted 23 saves in the win.

Joe Corvo and Eric Belanger also scored for the Kings, who have already matched their longest winning streak from 2003-04. A win tonight would give Los Angeles a 4-1 record after five games for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign.

The Kings are in the midst of a five-game homestand that will conclude on Sunday against Columbus. The team record for longest home ice winning streak to open a season is seven games.

Los Angeles lost all four matchups with the Red Wings in 2003-04, but could have an advantage tonight, as the home team in this series ins 10-3-2 in the last 15 meetings. Detroit, though, has won three straight in LA and has not lost there since falling back on October 12, 2002.

10/13 10:29:57 ET


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