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Wednesday, December 5th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (10-14-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (11-14-0), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The basement dwellers of the Pacific Division will meet this evening in the desert, as the Phoenix Coyotes welcome the Los Angeles Kings to Jobing.com Arena.

The Coyotes and Kings are tied for last in the division with 22 points apiece. They both trail third-place Anaheim by six points.

Phoenix has followed up its longest winning streak of the season with its worst skid of the year. The Coyotes had won four in a row before dropping their next four contests.

The slide continued Monday evening in Pittsburgh, as the Penguins posted a 3-1 victory over the Coyotes. Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves to lead the home club to the win.

Shane Doan had the lone score for Phoenix, which finished a four-game road trip with four losses.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 30 shots in the loss and has played in eight straight games since getting picked up off waivers from Anaheim. The Russian backstop started superbly with wins in his first four games with the Coyotes, but has now been dealt four straight setbacks.

The Coyotes, who are just 4-7-0 as the host this season, are playing the first of two in a row at home tonight. They will also welcome San Jose on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Kings have won just twice in their last 10 games (2-6-2) and are currently on a two-game slide. LA was in action Monday against Edmonton and handed a close loss by the visiting Oilers. Sam Gagner scored the lone goal of the shootout to lift Edmonton to the 4-3 victory.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, and Dustin Brown and Ladislav Nagy also scored for the Kings, who tied the game with less than a minute and a half to go in regulation to send it to the extra session. Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 20 shots in the loss.

Brown has recorded a point in five straight games and has three goals and four assists during that stretch.

The Kings are 4-6-1 as the road team this season and will return home for a three-game homestand after tonight's tilt.

Phoenix is 2-0 against the Kings this season and has won four of five and five of seven in the series. LA has also dropped four in a row and 10 of its last 12 in Arizona.

12/05 10:44:36 ET


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