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Thursday, February 2nd (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (30-21-4) at Phoenix Coyotes (26-25-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The slumping Los Angeles Kings try to get back on the winning track tonight, as they visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.

The Kings have dropped four in a row and were most recently on the wrong end of an overtime decision in Anaheim.

On Monday, Teemu Selanne scored two goals, including the 1,000th point in his NHL career, and Scott Niedermayer tallied the game-winner in overtime to lift Anaheim to a 4-3 win and the home-and-home sweep.

Dustin Brown and Derek Armstrong both scored their 11th goals of the season and Mathieu Garon stopped 41 shots for the Kings, who have also dropped five of their last six contests. Joe Corvo added his 12th tally of the season for LA.

Michael Cammalleri added an assist to extend his point scoring streak to five games. He has three goals and three helpers during the run.

On the injury front, center Jeremy Roenick, who has been sidelined since December 19 with a broken finger, is expected to play this evening.

Tonight is the second test of a four-game road trip for the Kings, who are 13-12-3 as the visitor this season.

The Coyotes, meanwhile, have dropped two straight games, including a 7-4 setback to the visiting Vancouver Canucks at Glendale Arena. Henrik Sedin scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Canucks in the romp.

Shane Doan had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who are in the midst of a 10-game homestand.

Boyd Devereaux notched two assists while Curtis Joseph allowed five goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Brian Boucher at the start of the third period. Boucher finished with five saves on six shots.

The Coyotes have seven games remaining on their stand and won't play another road game until March 7 after the season resumes following the Olympic break. Phoenix is 14-11-2 at Glendale Arena this year.

Phoenix completed a four-player trade on Wednesday, sending Boucher and forward Mike Leclerc to Calgary in exchange for goaltender Phillippe Sauve and forward Steve Reinprecht.

The Coyotes and Kings have met five times already this season and Los Angeles holds the edge with three victories. The Kings have won five of the last seven matchups overall, but have lost in their last two trips to Glendale.

02/02 15:19:37 ET


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