NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 26th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (13-20-1) at Los Angeles Kings (12-20-5), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A battle of Pacific Division cellar-dwellers takes place tonight at the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Kings welcome the road- challenged Phoenix Coyotes.
Phoenix has compiled a league-worst 3-12-0 mark away from home so far and have struggled mightily in Los Angeles in recent years. The Coyotes are 1-10-4 (four ties) in their last 15 games at the Staples Center, including a 5-3 setback to the Kings last month.
The Coyotes do enter on a high note, however, as Mikael Tellqvist stopped 29 shots for his first shutout of the year and Phoenix posted a 2-0 home win over Pacific-leading Anaheim on Saturday.
Shane Doan and Fredrik Sjostrom had the goals for Phoenix, which had lost five of six coming in.
Los Angeles currently holds a two-point edge on the Coyotes for fourth place in the division and will be looking to halt a four-game losing streak. The Kings were humiliated Saturday in Nashville, which cruised to a 7-0 triumph over LA at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Dan Cloutier allowed six goals on 27 shots before being replaced by Barry Brust in the third period. Brust made 12 stops while allowing Nashville's final tally.
The Kings, who have surrendered a whopping 20 goals during their current slide, have also lost three straight and four of their last five as the host. Los Angeles is just 8-9-5 at the Staples Center for the season.
These teams have played one another four times already in 2006-07, with each club winning twice. Phoenix won five of the eight meetings with Los Angeles during the 2005-06 campaign.
12/26 10:59:04 ET