NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, March 20th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (28-40-6) at Phoenix Coyotes (36-33-5), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Coyotes are running out of time to try and get back
into the playoff picture. Phoenix will attempt to halt a back-breaking three-
game losing streak tonight, as it hosts the lowly Los Angeles Kings.
Phoenix was within arms length of a playoff spot not too long ago, but has
dropped two tests to Edmonton in addition to a game versus Vancouver. With
eight games to go, the Coyotes are now seven points out of a playoff spot.
Phoenix was pounded 8-4 by Edmonton on Tuesday. Derek Morris had a goal and
two assists, while Peter Mueller, Shane Doan and Daniel Winnik each finished
with a goal and an assist.
For Doan, it gave him 25 goals and 45 assists for 70 points on the year,
surpassing the previous career-high 68 points he totaled during the 2003-04
season. Doan became the first Coyotes player to reach the 70-point mark since
Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk did so in 2000-01.
Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three goals on 11 shots before Mikael Tellqvist took
over at the start of the second period. Tellqvist was victimized for four
goals on 24 shots.
Phoenix begins a three-game homestand tonight and is 16-18-3 as the host this
The Kings have lost four of six and are just 2-5-2 in March. Their 62 points
are last in the NHL, though the club needs just six more to match the 68
points they totaled last year. Los Angeles has eight games remaining this
Los Angeles' latest setback came on Tuesday, a 2-1 loss to San Jose. Lubomir
Visnovsky scored the only goal, Derek Armstrong had an assist and Dan Cloutier
allowed two goals on 23 shots in the loss.
Los Angeles begins a three-game road trip and has lost seven of its last eight
as the visitor. The Kings, who are 13-21-3 as the road team this year, will
also play in Dallas and Anaheim.
Phoenix is a perfect 6-0-0 versus Los Angeles this year, netting four goals in
each of the past five meetings while outscoring the club 21-7 overall this
season. Phoenix's Ed Jovanovski leads the Coyotes with 11 points (2 goals, 9
assists) versus LA this year, while Doan has four goals and five assists.
The Coyotes have won nine of 11 and 13 of their past 17 against the Kings and
six straight as the host.
03/20 10:54:55 ET