(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings aim to keep their longest winning streak of the season intact on Tuesday night when they try to avoid a fifth straight setback to the Detroit Red Wings.
The Kings have ripped off seven consecutive victories, the latest coming outdoors on Saturday night with a 2-1 decision over the San Jose Sharks in a 2015 Stadium Series game at Levi's Stadium.
Marian Gaborik had the winning goal 4:04 into the third period as he came off the bench, stripped San Jose's Brent Burns of the puck and slapped a shot through the pads of Antti Niemi.
Kyle Clifford scored for the first time in 15 games and Jonathan Quick made 31 saves in his 200th career victory for the Kings, who played in front of the 70,205 fans at the home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and extended their longest winning streak since winning eight in a row from Feb. 6-March 10 of last year.
Jeff Carter had an assist to give him four goals and 10 points over a six-game point streak.
Los Angeles' recent run has moved the club into a three-way tie for third place in the Pacific Division with the Sharks and Calgary Flames. The Kings own the current tie-breaker, though, with the fewest games played.
"We've been very inconsistent this year. The last seven games we played some good hockey," said Gaborik. "We played some Kings hockey like we know how to play, and we've been getting great goaltending throughout the team -- everybody is contributing. So we want to take it all in with this win, and have a good day off (Monday) and get ready for Detroit."
Quick became the first goaltender in Kings history to reach 200 wins, but has struggled in his career versus the Red Wings. In 20 meetings, he is just 6-13-1 with a 3.12 goals against average and .901 save percentage.
The Red Wings, in fact, have won each of their last four matchups with the Kings. That includes a 5-2 victory at home on Oct. 31, with Quick allowing four goals on 12 first-period shots before making 22 saves over the final two frames.
Gustav Nyquist scored twice on the power play and had an assist during Detroit's four-goal first period, while Jimmy Howard made 28 saves. Pavel Datsyuk finished with two goals and an assist.
Detroit is expected to start Jonas Gustavsson in net tonight and he allowed four goals on 32 shots in a loss the only previous time he faced the Kings.
Gustavsson, who has battled injury this season, will make his first start since Nov. 5, though he did pick up a victory in relief in Saturday's wild 7-6 overtime win versus the Dallas Stars. He stopped a pair of shots in nearly 10 minutes of work.
Howard gave up six goals on 32 shots versus the Stars and then came up with 22 saves on Monday in a 4-3 shootout setback to the Anaheim Ducks.
Jakob Silfverberg scored the winning goal in the shootout for the Ducks as he buried a wrister past Howard's glove in the second round. Tomas Tatar then missed on his attempt to seal the loss.
Datsyuk scored twice and Riley Sheahan had the other goal for the Red Wings, who are 2-0-1 on a six-game road trip. Niklas Kronwall had two assists.
"I thought we controlled the game. The puck found a way in our net a couple times. I didn't like it but I thought our team played good and played hard. Our kids were good," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
Detroit played without forward Henrik Zetterberg on Monday and he is doubtful for tonight. Zetterberg was held out of last night's game after getting punched in the head on Saturday versus the Stars.
Zetterberg leads the Red Wings with 34 assists and is now tied with Datsyuk for club lead with 49 points.