NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 10th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (26-19-16-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-28-16-5), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings continue their fight for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference tonight when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes for the back end of a home-and-home at Glendale Arena.
The Kings have 75 points and are currently tied with St. Louis for the eighth and final berth in the West. The Blues hold the tiebreaker, as they have more wins than LA.
Los Angeles picked up a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes on Tuesday evening. Luc Robitaille's 650th career goal with 3:10 remaining in regulation lifted the Kings.
Derek Armstrong posted a goal and an assist for the Kings, who halted their three-game winless skid (1-2-1). Alexander Frolov added a goal in the victory, while Cristobal Huet turned aside 17 shots for Los Angeles.
The Kings were involved in a few trades before Tuesday's deadline. On Monday LA acquired forward Anson Carter from the Washington Capitals for forward Jared Aulin. Then on Tuesday, Los Angeles dealt forward Kip Brennan to Atlanta and obtained forward Jeff Cowan in return.
After tonight's tilt, the Kings are off until Saturday when they face San Jose at the Shark Tank.
Mike Comrie and Shane Doan scored in Tuesday's loss for the Coyotes, who are now winless in nine straight (0-5-2-2). Recently-acquired goaltender Brent Johnson made his second consecutive start and allowed three goals on 37 shots in the loss.
Meanwhile, Phoenix also made a few trades on Tuesday. The Coyotes shipped veteran center Chris Gratton and defenseman Ossi Vaananen to the Colorado Avalanche for defensemen Derek Morris, Keith Ballard and a draft pick. The Coyotes also sent forward Brian Savage to the St. Louis Blues for future considerations.
The Coyotes lead the season series 2-1-1, but LA is 5-3-1 in the last nine matchups. The Kings have also dropped two straight in Phoenix and have just one win in their previous 10 trips to the Valley of the Sun.
03/10 11:13:22 ET