NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 1st (All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (3-4-3-0) at Los Angeles Kings (4-5-0-0), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to stop a seven-game winless streak tonight when they start a two-game road trip in Los Angeles against the Kings at the Staples Center.
Phoenix dropped to 0-4-3 in its last seven following Friday's 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Ladislav Nagy scored the lone goal for the Coyotes, while Sean Burke stopped 27-of-31 shots.
The Coyotes, who started the year with three straight wins, have not won since a 2-1 victory at Florida on October 15.
The Kings, meanwhile, suffered their third straight loss on Thursday, as they were dealt a 3-1 home setback at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks. Eric Belanger scored his third goal of the campaign for Los Angeles, which has dropped four of its last five overall.
Roman Cechmanek allowed two goals on just seven shots and was pulled in favor of Cristobal Huet, who faced eight shots and made seven stops.
Los Angeles, which has the worst penalty-killing unit in the league, outshot Vancouver 38-15 on Thursday, and did not allow a goal with the man advantage after yielding four in its previous two games.
Prior to the start of Thursday's game the Kings suspended defenseman Joe Corvo for three games without pay. Corvo pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges for an incident that occurred last year.
LA, which won four of the five matchups against the Coyotes a year ago, could have the upper hand tonight, as the home team in this series is 8-1-5 in the last 14 meetings. Phoenix is also winless (0-4-3) in its last seven trips to the Staples Center.
11/01 11:27:11 ET