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Saturday, December 17th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (16-14-2) at Los Angeles Kings (18-13-1), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to get back in the win column tonight when they visit the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

The Coyotes have dropped two straight games after rattling off a season-high three straight victories.

The latest setback was a 3-1 home loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Sean Burke made 26 saves and Fredrik Modin notched a goal to lead the Lightning.

Geoff Sanderson scored Phoenix's lone goal and Curtis Joseph stopped 25 shots for the Coyotes.

Goaltender Brian Boucher has been suffering from a groin injury, but is expected to make his first start of the year tonight.

Phoenix is just 7-8-1 on the road this season.

Meanwhile, the Kings were in action Friday night and posted a shootout win at Anaheim. Pavol Demitra and Alexander Frolov each lit the lamp during the shootout session to lift LA to a 4-3 win at the Pond.

Derek Armstrong, Dustin Brown and Petr Kanko all scored regulation goals for Los Angeles, which has won two of three and three of five.

Mathieu Garon made 42 saves and stopped both shots he faced in the shootout.

The Kings are 11-6 on home ice this season. After tonight's game, LA embarks on a three-game road trip, which begins Monday in Vancouver.

LA and the Coyotes have met twice already this season and each team picked up a win on its home ice. Phoenix won the last encounter on November 3 at Glendale Arena to snap a three-game skid in the series.

The Coyotes are winless (0-7-4) in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles.

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