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Wednesday, November 21st (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (8-11-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (8-10-0), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings haven't been able to score goals lately. They'll battle a team tonight that has already shut them out in the last week when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.

The Kings have been blanked in their last two games. Los Angeles failed to light the lamp in a 1-0 home loss to the Coyotes on Saturday, and was then shutout by the Stars, 3-0, on Monday in Dallas.

Mike Smith stopped 22 shots in keeping the Kings off the scoreboard.

Jason LaBarbera had 23 saves for the Kings, who dropped their fourth in a row and their sixth in eight games.

The teams were scoreless through 38 minutes of play, until Steve Ott broke the tie just before the second intermission. LA never recovered, and fell to 2-4-1 by dropping the opener of a five-game road test.

The Kings will also visit San Jose twice sandwiched around a trip to Anaheim.

The Coyotes have been out of action since their shutout win over the Kings. Ilya Bryzgalov made a stellar debut with Phoenix as he stopped all 27 shots for his second shutout of the season to lead his new club.

Bryzgalov was claimed by Phoenix earlier on Saturday off waivers from Anaheim, which placed the goaltender on waivers on Friday. He now has nine shutouts in his career.

It is likely he will make his home debut in tonight's game.

Bryzgalov went 10-8-6 with a 2.47 goals-against average in 27 games last year with the Ducks, and then went 3-1 with a 2.25 GAA in five playoff games in helping Anaheim win the Stanley Cup as Jean-Sebastien Giguere's backup.

In nine games this season with Anaheim, the 27-year-old went 2-3-1 with a 2.55 GAA with a .909 save percentage.

Shane Doan scored the only goal of the game for the Coyotes, who stopped a three-game losing streak.

Phoenix is just 2-7-0 at home and will play in Anaheim on Friday.

The Coyotes have won three of four, five of eight and nine of their last 14 meetings with the Kings, and have won three straight and seven of eight in Phoenix.

11/21 10:49:55 ET


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