Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 25 @ Phoenix, March 12, 2013, 7:0pm PST (10:0pm EST)
They haven’t met since January 26 but the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes will be seeing a lot of each other in the next week as they will face off Tuesday night in Glendale and next Monday and Tuesday in Los Angeles. The Kings and Coyotes, however, will focus on Tuesday’s meeting, their second of five this season.
Speaking of January 26, it was the first time the Kings and Coyotes met this season with Los Angeles coming out on top 4-2. In that game, Anze Kopitar had two goals and should the ‘Yotes hope to start their own winning streak, Number 11 needs to be contained. It certainly doesn’t help matters that Kopitar has six goals and 13 assists in his last 13 visits to the desert. Captain Dustin Brown has also had his share of his success at Jobing.com Arena as he has scored three goals and added six assists in his last seven trips to Glendale. The Coyotes certainly have their hands full but the Kings certainly have their own concerns.
While the 12-10-3 Coyotes are just one point out of a playoff spot, the 14-8-2 Los Angeles Kings have made things more comfortable for themselves in the past few weeks. With the Western race as tight as it is, the Kings don’t exactly believe that they’re out of the woods. Having said that, they’re only focused on what they’re doing and they’re doing a fine job with that having won 11 of their last 14 games including two-straight wins but they have a very critical test coming up as their next six contests are against division rivals.
In addition, the Kings will have to find a way to slow down Oliver Ekman-Larsson who has nine assists in his last 10 games and of course, Shane Doan who has usually had success versus the Kings, has scored eight goals in his last eight contests.
Despite playing on Monday night, Jonathan Quick is expected to get the start on Tuesday night, although that hasn’t been set in stone just yet. In his last 14 games against the desert dogs, Quick is 10-2-2 with a 1.80 goals-against average while posting three shutouts along the way.
Over the course of the last few years and especially with the events of last spring’s Western Conference Final, there has never been any love lost between these two teams and Tuesday’s matchup shouldn’t be any less exciting than usual.
Enjoy the game!