Oct 29, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) defends the net as Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar (11) attempts a shot in the third period at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings vs Phoenix Coyotes: Game Preview

The Los Angeles Kings look to snap a 2 game losing streak at home when they host a division rival hungry to get into a playoff spot and close in on the Kings at the same time.

coyotes logo(32-25-11, 75 points) 4th Pacific Division

VS

Kings logo (38-24-6, 82 points) 3rd Pacific Division

7:30 PM PT

Staples Center

TV:  FS-W; RADIO:  KEIB AM1150

 

MATCHUP HISTORY

This is the fourth meeting of the season between the two clubs, of 5 scheduled.  The Knigs won the first matchup putting 7 goals past Mike Smith and Thomas Greiss in the Phoenix net for a 7-4 win on Oct 24.  Phoenix returned the favor five nights later with a 3-1 win and then shut the Kings out 3-0 in January.

 

LAST GAMES

The Kings dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Ducks on Saturday night, when the apparent tying goal was waved off due to goaltender interference.  The Coyotes defeated the Flames 3-2 on Saturday night to move into a tie with the Stars for the  final playoff spot.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Keith Yandle, PHX – Yandle is one of a handful of blueliners to lead his team in scoring.  He has a team high 40 assists and 47 points, but is a -18 this season.  He has 18 points in 36 career games against the Kings.

 

Jeff Carter, LAK – Carter is in a personal 3 game scoring slump, including 2 close losses.  Carter is one of the few truly offensive talents and they cannot afford to have him go cold because they don’t score enough otherwise. He has 3 goals and 7 points in 13 games against the Coyotes.

 

TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME

1.  Shoulder Check – The Kings’  two game slide combined with the Coyotes winning 3 of 4 has moved Phoenix just 7 points back of the Kings for the third and final guaranteed divisional playoff spot.  A loss in regulation would put the Kings in a precarious position just 5 points up.

2.  Quick Back? – Hopefully Jonathan Quick is recovered adequately from the illness that forced him to a backup role on Saturday.  He is still trying to tie Rogie Vachon for franchise wins record.

3.  Back to Basics – the Kings will not catch the Ducks or Sharks, and will start the playoffs on the road.  They need to simply worry about being ready for the start of the post-season by playing their style of hockey and not get into run and gun games like they have been of late.

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