Jan. 26, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11) picks up a rebound in front of Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the first period at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes Preview


Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 36 @ Phoenix, April 2, 2013, 7pm PST (10pm EST)

The Los Angeles Kings travel to the desert looking to close out their road swing on a high note as they close out their season series with the loathsome Phoenix Coyotes.

Jan. 26, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) checks Phoenix Coyotes center Alex Bolduc (49) as right wing Nick Johnson (32) attacks and center Colin Fraser (24) defend during the first period at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings are 3-1-0 against the Coyotes this season with their only loss coming in Glendale back on March 12 where they fell 5-2. Since then, the Kings won two-straight against Phoenix on March 18 and 19, both games coming in Los Angeles.

After having a fairly successful where they went 10-6-1, Los Angeles hopes to kick off the final month of the regular season the same way they finished the previous month and a date against the Desert Dogs might just do the trick who are 2-5-3 in their last 10. With that said, the Coyotes are a desperate bunch who currently sit three points out of a playoff spot and a date against their rivals from the City of Angels may be just what they need to get back on track.

Should the Kings expect to win, they will need to find a way to slow down Shane Doan who has four goals and an assist versus Los Angeles this season. For the Kings, Justin Williams is currently on a three-game goal-scoring streak and his hot hand will help the Kings immensely, although it won’t necessarily hurt them should his streak be snapped on Tuesday night. Jeff Carter is also fresh off scoring his 20th of the year and Jake Muzzin is coming off being named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March so all three will look to carry over their success from March into April not to mention others like Brad Richardson who scored his first of the year on Sunday.

The Coyotes will be in tough but the Kings should never take a divisional opponent lightly, especially not their opponents from last spring’s Western Final.

Los Angeles Kings is 3-0-1 on their current road trip as they hope to remain unbeaten. The only thing standing in their way is the Coyotes as they hope to do whatever it takes to put the silver-and-black in the loss column.

Enjoy the game!

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