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Los Angeles Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will try to extend their season-high point streak to nine games tonight when they host the Los Angeles Kings at Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (29-21-9) will enter the game in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, but just two points behind first-place San Jose in the Pacific Division.

Tonight’s game will be played less than a week after a nasty match between the Coyotes and Kings at the Staples Center, which Phoenix won 1-0. That game featured four fights, 62 penalty minutes and a playoff-like intensity.

“I'd expect the same atmosphere as we had in LA,” Coyotes goalie Mike Smith said. “We're getting down into the 20s with games left and teams are still trying to get points, and so are we. We've got to come with the same mind-set that it's kind of do-or-die for every team right now. I wouldn't expect anything less than another battle.”

Smith, who has posted a .968 save percentage during a personal seven-game winning streak, will start in goal.

Phoenix will likely look to right wing Radim Vrbata to lead the offense; Vrbata has scored four of his team-high 28 goals vs. LA.

The Coyotes will play minus several injured regulars including center Kyle Chipchura, forward Taylor Pyatt, and defensemen Rostislav Klesla and Derek Morris, who has left the team indefinitely because of a family illness. Center Martin Hanzal, who left Saturday’s game vs. Dallas because of a lower-body injury, took part in today’s morning skate and will be a game-time decision.

On Tuesday, the Coyotes recalled forward Alex Bolduc and defenseman David Rundblad from their American Hockey League affiliate to help fill out the roster.

Photo by Getty Images.
“We need people to continue to step up for us,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said when asked about overcoming the team’s many injuries. “The key there is we have to play a strong team game. We can't be relying on any one person to take us over the top.”

Los Angeles (27-21-11) has been shut out in each of its past two games and ranks ninth in the Western Conference standings with 65 points.

“As frustrating as these last two games have been, offensively, we've got to refocus,” Kings captain Dustin Brown told reporters after a 1-0 loss to Calgary on Saturday.

LA’s top-four goal scorers - Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Brown and Justin Williams - have scored just three goals combined in the last eight games.

Goalie Jonathan Quick has stopped 126 of 133 shots in five games vs. the Coyotes this season. His stats in those games: 3-1-1 record, 1.38 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage.

Who's Hot
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith has won seven games in a row and has stopped 209 of 216 shots in those games.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick  ranks third in the NHL in goals-against average (1.87) and save percentage (.934).
Did You Know?
  • Seven of the last eight games between the Coyotes and the Kings have been decided by just one goal.

  • The Coyotes are 6‐3‐2 in the games they've played on Tuesday this season.

  • Tonight's game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Arizona and on XTRA Sports 910 AM at 7 p.m. For in-game updates via Twitter, follow @coyotesgameday.

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 21 '12 LAK 4 at PHX 5 - SO M. Boedker
Feb 16 '12 PHX 1 at LAK 0 R. Vrbata
Jan 05 '12 PHX 0 at LAK 1 - OT D. Doughty
Dec 26 '11 PHX 3 at LAK 4 D. Brown
Oct 29 '11 LAK 2 at PHX 3 - OT D. Langkow
Oct 20 '11 LAK 2 at PHX 0 D. Brown
A. Kopitar60173451+01271
J. Williams60122840+63460
D. Brown60141731+54355
M. Richards52141630+25920
D. Doughty5562026+05222
J. Johnson6081624-102254
S. Gagne3471017-11802
J. Stoll5651015+14400
D. Penner445813-63510
W. Mitchell543912+23201
S. Voynov334711+4821
K. Clifford604610-59702
M. Greene60369+03202
R. Scuderi60178-11400
A. Loktionov38347-2210
T. Hunter38257-4801
B. Richardson51325-52800
C. Fraser45134-35000
E. Moreau28134-32001
T. Lewis50213-21100
A. Martinez29213-5420
D. King5123+3000
S. Parse9202+11410
D. Drewiske9202+0200
K. Westgarth25112-33900
J. Nolan5101+0601
J. Quick5124-16-119714391.91.933
J. Bernier113-5-1262612.57.900
R. Whitney60163854+202450
R. Vrbata60302252+1618710
S. Doan60181836-83555
K. Yandle6082533+33602
L. Korpikoski60131730+101203
M. Hanzal4681927+104132
O. Ekman-Larsson6071421-32011
D. Langkow5171421-71411
B. Gordon5371320+121001
M. Boedker608917-11001
R. Torres579716-14800
K. Chipchura4721315+54000
T. Pyatt577714-41400
R. Klesla512911+92500
D. Schlemko4111011+71000
D. Morris48189-102600
G. Brule17347+3210
M. Rozsival32077+41600
A. Aucoin50246+123410
C. O'Reilly27246-7410
D. Rundblad26156-10600
P. O'Sullivan23224-4200
C. Summers14033-1400
M. Pouliot9022-3200
P. Bissonnette19101-22101
P. Nokelainen5011-1000
A. Miele7000-3600
K. Turris6000-2400
M. Stone2000+0000
M. Watkins1000-1000
M. Smith4726-14-710414152.28.927
J. LaBarbera163-7-2364082.59.912
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