NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, December 26th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (13-20-1) at Los Angeles Kings (12-20-5), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A battle of Pacific Division cellar-dwellers takes place
tonight at the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Kings welcome the road-
challenged Phoenix Coyotes.
Phoenix has compiled a league-worst 3-12-0 mark away from home so far and have
struggled mightily in Los Angeles in recent years. The Coyotes are 1-10-4
(four ties) in their last 15 games at the Staples Center, including a 5-3
setback to the Kings last month.
The Coyotes do enter on a high note, however, as Mikael Tellqvist stopped 29
shots for his first shutout of the year and Phoenix posted a 2-0 home win over
Pacific-leading Anaheim on Saturday.
Shane Doan and Fredrik Sjostrom had the goals for Phoenix, which had lost five
of six coming in.
Los Angeles currently holds a two-point edge on the Coyotes for fourth place
in the division and will be looking to halt a four-game losing streak. The
Kings were humiliated Saturday in Nashville, which cruised to a 7-0 triumph
over LA at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Dan Cloutier allowed six goals on 27 shots before being replaced by Barry
Brust in the third period. Brust made 12 stops while allowing Nashville's
The Kings, who have surrendered a whopping 20 goals during their current
slide, have also lost three straight and four of their last five as the host.
Los Angeles is just 8-9-5 at the Staples Center for the season.
These teams have played one another four times already in 2006-07, with each
club winning twice. Phoenix won five of the eight meetings with Los Angeles
during the 2005-06 campaign.
12/26 10:59:04 ET