Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:
NHL: Kings vs. Detroit, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:
The league’s trade deadline arrives, and what do the Kings have to show for it? The Red Wings, easily leading the Western Conference’s Central Division and second overall in the conference standings, could line up as a possible first-round playoff opponent for the Kings — but why should they worry? The Kings have beaten the Red Wings twice already this season, including 5-0 in Detroit in mid-December.
NBA: Clippers at Sacramento, 7 p.m., Prime:
No matter how serious the Maloofs are about moving these Kings to Anaheim (the deadline to declare is tomorrow), would they dare keep naming them the “Kings”? How would that go over in the O.C.?
NBA: Lakers at Minnesota, 5 p.m., Channel 9:
These teen-wolves still aren’t scaring anyone. Paging Rickey Rubio? You betcha.
NBA: Clippers vs. Houston, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime:
Still waiting for Yao Ming to come out from behind the Staples Center curtain for his All-Star game intro.
NHL: Ducks vs. Detroit, Honda Center, 7 p.m., FSW:
What can Dan Ellis do for these Ducks?
College basketball: UCLA at Washington, 6 p.m., ESPN2; USC at Washington State, 7 p.m.:
If you’re looking at tie-breaker scenarios, as both angle for the runner-up spot behind Arizona in the Pac-10 standings, the Bruins need to avoid a Huskies’ sweep in the season series. Washington won at Pauley Pavilion for the first time in four years, 74-63, last month behind Matthew Bryan-Amaning’s 21 points and 10 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas added 17 points and nine assists.
NHL: Kings vs. Phoenix, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:
Another important battle for positioning in the West.
Golf: PGA’s Honda Classic, first round, noon, Golf Channel:
They move everything now to presumably sunny Florida, starting in Palm Beach Gardens. NBC has the last two rounds Saturday and Sunday at noon.
NBA: Lakers vs. Charlotte, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:
And we all know how well the Lakers do against the Bobcats. Charlotte’s 20-point smacker on Valentine’s Day means it has beaten the Lakers in eight of their last 10 meetings — and it’s one of only two teams in the NBA with a winning record against the Lakers. Who needs Larry Brown?
NHL: Ducks vs. Dallas, Honda Center, 7 p.m., Prime:
Brad Richards, Star or not?
College basketball: UCLA at Washington State, 2:30 p.m., FSW; USC at Washington, 7:30 p.m., FSW:
Last chance to make someone proud before the Pac-10 tournament begins at Staples Center next week. Who’ll avoid the play-in games?
NHL: Kings vs. Vancouver, Staples Center, 1 p.m., FSW:
Here some them Sedin twins again.
NBA: Clippers vs. Denver, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime:
No Carmelo, no worries.
NBA: Lakers at San Antonio, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7:
What do you make of West coach Gregg Popovich giving Tim Duncan just 11 minutes of gametime in the recent NBA All-Star exhibition at Staples Center, and another 20 more to Manu Ginobili — and then squeezing a combined 54 minutes out of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, including crunch-time grind production down the stretch of what turned out to be a close game? Even Justin Bieber could figure out that gamesmanship. These two Western Conference sparring partners could be at a crossroads, with the Spurs, leaders since last October, showing their age, and the Lakers, laying back, in prime form to make another statement. The Spurs have won the previous two meetings, including 89-88 at Staples earlier this month on that crazy Antonio McDyess tipin at the buzzer.
NHL: Ducks vs. Vancouver, Honda Center, 5 p.m., Prime:
You figure out which Sedin is which yet?