Detroit is tied with St. Louis with 76 points, but has played two fewer games. The Red Wings trailed the Blues by five points on February 8, but are 5-0-0-1 in their last six games, while St. Louis is 2-3-0-2 in that period.
Detroit posted its second straight four-goal win as 10 players recorded at least one point in Saturday’s 5-1 win at Washington.
Sergei Fedorov also had an assist and has three goals and eight assists in his last six games since complaining about his playing time on February 8.
Los Angeles is in 10th place in the Western Conference, seven points behind Edmonton for the final playoff berth.
The Kings have split the first two games of their five-game road trip, which ends Thursday in Columbus.
Los Angeles rebounded from Thursday’s 5-0 setback in Philadelphia with a 4-1 triumph in Buffalo on Friday, to improve to 7-3-0 in its last 10 games.
Ziggy Palffy, who had a nine-game points streak stopped Thursday, scored twice Friday and has nine goals in his last 11 contests.
Los Angeles leads the season series, 1-0-1. The Red Wings, however, are 3-0-1 in their last four home contests with the Kings.