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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 Boston.

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

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