NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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