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Red Wings face Kings to open four-game Western road trip

Oct 16, 2006 - 2:47 PM Detroit (2-1-1) at Los Angeles (2-3-0) 10:30 pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Detroit Red Wings hope they will able to find some consistent scoring on their four-game road trip.

Mathieu Schneider and Jason Williams look to lead the way for Detroit, which tries to extend its recent dominance over the Los Angeles Kings when the teams square off Monday.

After opening with three goals in their first two games, the Red Wings erupted in Wednesday's 9-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Schneider, 37, became the oldest defenseman in league history to record a hat trick.

Detroit followed with Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to the undefeated Buffalo Sabres. Williams scored twice to tie Schneider for the team lead in goals (three).

Captain Nicklas Lidstrom has not netted a tally but leads the team in points with six assists for Detroit, which is 9-0-2 in its last 11 encounters with Los Angeles.

Playing the fifth contest of a six-game homestand, the Kings began the campaign with a road loss to the Anaheim Ducks before posting victories over the St. Louis Blues and the New York Islanders.

However, Los Angeles comes off back-to-back 4-1 losses to the unbeaten Dallas Stars. Raitis Ivanans scored his first career goal in the third period Thursday and Michael Cammalleri ended Saturday's shutout bid with 2:43 remaining.

After going 1-for-16 on the power play against the Stars, the Kings are 5-for-45 with the man advantage this season.

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