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Saturday, April 4th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (34-37-7) at Los Angeles Kings (31-35-11), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes seek a season-high fourth win in a row tonight, when they end a home-and-home series with the Kings in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.

The Coyotes earned their third straight win on Thursday with a 2-1 win versus the Kings. Coming off a shutout victory in his NHL debut versus Colorado on Wednesday, Al Montoya made 20 saves. Montoya came over to the Coyotes from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline and has stopped 43 of the first 44 shots he has faced in his career.

Another trade deadline pickup, Scottie Upshall, netted the game-winner to give him six goals and 10 points in 15 games with Phoenix. Ed Jovanovski assisted on that goal and also scored one of his own.

Phoenix is on its longest winning streak since also taking three consecutive games from November 8-12. It hasn't won four straight since a five-game run from December 31-January 8 of last season.

The Coyotes, though, have still lost six of their last seven on the road, where they are 12-23-4 this season. They will host St. Louis on Tuesday.

Like Phoenix, Los Angeles is also eliminated from postseason contention, a fact that became official with Thursday's loss. Jonathan Quick turned away 30 shots for the Kings, who have lost nine of their last 11 games.

Derek Armstrong scored the lone goal for the Kings. Alexander Frolov, who leads LA with 28 goals this season, has missed five straight games with a groin strain. Not surprisingly, the Kings have been held to one goal or less in five of their last seven games, totaling just nine goals in that time.

Los Angeles is 16-15-8 at home this season and begins a three-game road trip on Monday in Calgary.

The Kings have lost four of five to the Coyotes this year. That includes a pair of home losses, as Phoenix has won five of its last six trips to the City of Angels.

04/04 11:08:39 ET


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