NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, November 27th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (10-8-1-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (6-9-5-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to halt a three-game losing streak
tonight when they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to America West Arena.
The Coyotes have fallen to San Jose, Atlanta and Dallas during the slide,
losing by a combined score of 11-2. After consecutive shutout defeats to the
Sharks and Thrashers, Phoenix fell, 5-2, in Dallas on Monday.
Cale Hulse and Landon Wilson scored for the Coyotes, who are tied for last in
the Western Conference with 18 points. Hulse's goal 31 seconds into the second
period snapped the Coyotes' shutout streak of 141 minutes, 46 seconds.
Tonight's contest marks the sixth time the Coyotes have played on Thanksgiving
Day at America West Arena since moving to Phoenix in 1996. In the five
previous games, the Coyotes have posted a record of 3-2-0-0 on Thanksgiving.
Last season they fell, 4-2, to Chicago.
The Coyotes, 4-4-1 at home, will kick off a five-game road trip Sunday in
Los Angeles, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three, including Tuesday's
4-0 setback to the scorching-hot New Jersey Devils. Cristobal Huet allowed
three goals on 22 shots for the Kings, who were forced to play without leading
scorer Zigmund Palffy due to a facial injury.
Palffy sustained the injury in Saturday's 2-0 victory at Colorado. He was
sitting on the bench and was struck in the face with a puck during the third
period. The Kings placed him on injured reserve Wednesday with a bruised jaw
and two broken teeth, and he will be eligible to return on Sunday.
Palffy, who sits fifth in the NHL with 26 points (6g, 20a), joins Jason
Allison, Adam Deadmarsh and Jozef Stumpel, among others, on the list of
regulars who are out of the lineup.
The Kings, a stellar 6-2-0-1 on the road, will host Chicago on Saturday.
Los Angeles pounded Phoenix, 7-3, November 1 at Staples Center and has won
four straight in the series. The Kings snapped a seven-game road winless
streak (0-5-2) against the Coyotes last March.
11/27 10:11:15 ET