Osgood returns as Red Wings host Kings

Los Angeles (26-25-9) at Detroit (40-13-8), 7:30 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) — Chris Osgood is set to return to the crease
after his nearly two-week hiatus for a “mental recharge” when
the Detroit Red Wings face the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.

Osgood maintained a respectable record despite struggling this
season. The 36-year-old has posted an 18-5-7 mark with a 3.29
goals-against average and .879 save percentage.

A 14-year veteran with three Stanley Cup rings, Osgood has been
getting challenged by Ty Conklin for the starting job. Osgood
has allowed three or more goals in nine of his last 10

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The Red Wings, who are looking to sweep the season series
against the Kings, have won three of their last four contests –
including Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Henrik Zetterberg netted a shorthanded and power-play goal for
Detroit, which trails the Sharks by five points for the top spot
in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles was shut out for a ninth time this season on
Wednesday, suffering a 2-0 setback to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Kings have lost three of their last four contests.