NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, November 30th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (9-13-4) at Phoenix Coyotes (8-15-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings take aim at their longest win streak
of the 2006-07 campaign tonight when the club visits the Phoenix Coyotes in a
battle between Pacific Division rivals from Jobing.com Arena.
The Kings won back-to-back games for only the second time this season
following their 3-2 victory over New Jersey on Monday. Rookie Anze Kopitar and
Alexander Frolov each scored during the shootout phase to lift Los Angeles.
Lubomir Visnovsky and Michael Cammalleri each had regulation goals for the
Kings, whose brief streak began with Saturday's 3-1 decision over Calgary.
Mathieu Garon made 20 saves before stoning the Devils on both of their
shootout tries to preserve the win.
Phoenix currently sits at the bottom of the division standings but does come
on a rare winning note. On Saturday, Curtis Joseph stopped 25 of 26 shots to
lead the Coyotes to a 2-1 victory at St. Louis.
Yanic Perreault netted the eventual game-winning goal during the second period
and Owen Nolan also scored in the win, Phoenix's second in three games.
Perreault now has compiled seven goals over his last eight games and leads the
Coyotes in that category despite signing with the team nearly a month into the
Phoenix added some depth behind Joseph on Tuesday, acquiring goaltender Mikael
Tellqvist from Toronto in exchange for rugged left wing Tyson Nash.
The Coyotes have won each of their last three home games and are 6-6 in
Glendale this season. Los Angeles owns only a 2-8 mark on the road thus far.
The teams have split two meetings in Phoenix this season, with the Kings also
having posted a 5-3 triumph over the Coyotes in LA earlier this month.
The home has won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series.
11/30 10:07:43 ET