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Saturday, November 17th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (7-10-0) at Los Angeles Kings (8-9-1), 4 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of Pacific Division foes will meet this afternoon in the City of Angels, as the Los Angeles Kings host the Phoenix Coyotes at the Staples Center.

Tonight's test marks the first of eight encounters between the Coyotes and Kings this season. The clubs split eight meetings last season, but Phoenix has won seven of the last 11 matchups overall. The Coyotes have tasted defeat in three of their previous four trips to Los Angeles.

Due to quirky scheduling, the Coyotes played their last games against the San Jose Sharks and the stretch turned out to be a disaster for Phoenix. The Sharks won all three matchups and outscored the Coyotes by a whopping 15-1 margin.

The Coyotes lost the first two games against the Sharks in San Jose, dropping a 4-1 decision last Saturday and losing by a 5-0 count Monday evening at HP Pavilion.

However, the worst setback came Thursday night in Phoenix as the Sharks pounded the Coyotes, 6-0. Joe Pavelski scored two goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 15 shots to record his 37th career shutout for San Jose.

Alexander Auld allowed three goals on 18 shots before being yanked in favor of Mikael Tellqvist, who made 12 saves for the Coyotes.

The Coyotes are 7-10-0 on the season and are dead last in the Western Conference with just 14 points.

Phoenix is now playing two straight games against the Kings, although it's not technically a home-and-home series because LA has a game against Dallas before its visit to Arena on Wednesday.

The Kings have also struggled recently as they were swept in a home-and-home set by the rival Anaheim Ducks. LA was handed a shootout loss in Anaheim on Tuesday and on Thursday dropped a 6-3 decision on home ice. Corey Perry tallied two goals and an assist to lead the Ducks at the Staples Center.

Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who fell to 2-3-1 in their last six games. Jean-Sebastien Aubin allowed five goals on 31 shots in the loss.

The Kings are 6-6-0 as the home team this season. They will begin a five-game road trip Monday evening in Dallas.

11/17 10:25:27 ET

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