NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, March 10th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (26-19-16-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-28-16-5), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings continue their fight for the final
playoff spot in the Western Conference tonight when they visit the Phoenix
Coyotes for the back end of a home-and-home at Glendale Arena.
The Kings have 75 points and are currently tied with St. Louis for the eighth
and final berth in the West. The Blues hold the tiebreaker, as they have more
wins than LA.
Los Angeles picked up a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes on Tuesday evening. Luc
Robitaille's 650th career goal with 3:10 remaining in regulation lifted the
Derek Armstrong posted a goal and an assist for the Kings, who halted their
three-game winless skid (1-2-1). Alexander Frolov added a goal in the victory,
while Cristobal Huet turned aside 17 shots for Los Angeles.
The Kings were involved in a few trades before Tuesday's deadline. On Monday
LA acquired forward Anson Carter from the Washington Capitals for forward
Jared Aulin. Then on Tuesday, Los Angeles dealt forward Kip Brennan to Atlanta
and obtained forward Jeff Cowan in return.
After tonight's tilt, the Kings are off until Saturday when they face San Jose
at the Shark Tank.
Mike Comrie and Shane Doan scored in Tuesday's loss for the Coyotes, who are
now winless in nine straight (0-5-2-2). Recently-acquired goaltender Brent
Johnson made his second consecutive start and allowed three goals on 37 shots
in the loss.
Meanwhile, Phoenix also made a few trades on Tuesday. The Coyotes shipped
veteran center Chris Gratton and defenseman Ossi Vaananen to the Colorado
Avalanche for defensemen Derek Morris, Keith Ballard and a draft pick. The
Coyotes also sent forward Brian Savage to the St. Louis Blues for future
The Coyotes lead the season series 2-1-1, but LA is 5-3-1 in the last nine
matchups. The Kings have also dropped two straight in Phoenix and have just
one win in their previous 10 trips to the Valley of the Sun.
03/10 11:13:22 ET