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Thursday, October 19th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (2-4-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (2-4-0), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings try to halt a four-game losing streak when the slumping club visits the Phoenix Coyotes this evening in a Pacific Division battle at Glendale Arena.

The Kings' losing ways continued last night, as Minnesota's Marian Gaborik scored the game-winning goal just 25 seconds into overtime to give the unbeaten Wild a 2-1 victory at the Staples Center.

With the Kings controlling the puck in Minnesota's zone, Gaborik created a takeaway from Sean Avery and sent a pass out to Pavol Demitra, setting up a 2- on-1 break.

Demitra skated the puck into LA's zone before sending the it off Gaborik's skate and past Dan Cloutier to extend the Wild's franchise-best winning streak to six games.

Patrick O' Sullivan scored his first NHL goal for the Kings, who have tallied just four times during their current slide. Cloutier finished with 25 saves.

Phoenix, meanwhile, will shoot for back-to-back victories for the first time this season. The Coyotes stopped a four-game losing streak of their own with a 5-2 decision at St. Louis on Tuesday.

Shane Doan and Mike Comrie each had a goal and an assist for Phoenix, which won for the first time since a season-opening 6-3 victory over the Islanders. Ladislav Nagy totaled two assists and Curtis Joseph recorded 25 saves in the triumph.

Phoenix also received a goal from Owen Nolan, the former All-Star's first since he scored twice against Colorado on March 20, 2004 while with Toronto. The 34-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury.

The Coyotes took five of eight meetings from the Kings a year ago, including all four held at Glendale Arena. Los Angeles hasn't won in Phoenix since a 3-1 decision on March 10, 2004.

The home team has emerged victorious in seven of the last eight games of the series.

10/19 10:18:32 ET

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