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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 season.

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 season.

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


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