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johnjm22 12-26-2008 01:17 PM

Phoenix @ Los Angeles - 12/26/08 - 7:30PM

Los Angeles Kings
(14-14-6, 34 pts)


Phoenix Coyotes
(16-14-5, 37 pts)

7:30PM (PST) @ Staples Center Los Angeles, CA

TV Broadcast: FS-W (Home), FS-A(AWAY)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 205

As pleased as the Los Angeles Kings were with ending a lengthy losing streak their last time out, they'll probably be more satisfied with a victory against a Pacific Division opponent.

The Kings try to make it two in a row on Friday night, when they open a home-and-home series against the rival Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center.

It was a tough stretch for Los Angeles (14-14-6) during its 0-2-2 slide, particularly at the end. After Friday's 5-0 defeat at Buffalo, the Kings allowed three unanswered third-period goals en route to a 6-4 loss to defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit on Saturday.

Los Angeles conceded 16 goals in those four losses, but turned in a much better defensive effort in a 3-0 victory at Columbus on Tuesday when rookie Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in his first career shutout.

Patrick O'Sullivan had a goal and an assist, while Anze Kopitar added two assists to give him a team-leading 28 points for the Kings, who outshot an opponent for the fifth time in six games as they held a 42-24 advantage on the Blue Jackets.

"We came out and responded to a disappointing game, the way we finished in Detroit and back the game before that in Buffalo," coach Terry Murray told the Kings' official Web site. "The players felt a responsibility to come out with lots of energy and they did."

Murray's squad looks to carry that energy into its matchup with Phoenix (16-14-5), which is three points ahead of Los Angeles in the Pacific. In the teams' first meeting of the season, the Coyotes rallied for a 4-2 home victory on Dec. 2.

Playing away from home, however, continues to be a struggle for Phoenix, which is 5-10-3 on the road. The Coyotes have dropped five of their last six (1-3-2) as visitors and are trying to salvage the final contest of a three-game road swing.

Shane Doan scored twice in the final 4:07 of regulation to help the Coyotes steal a point in an eventual 5-4 overtime loss at Colorado.

Olli Jokinen added a goal and two assists for the Coyotes, who fell to 4-1-3 over their last eight games.

"For us to get the two goals late was huge," said Doan, who leads the Coyotes with 16 goals and 33 points. "Fortunately, we found a way to get one point, it's just disappointing not to get two."

The Coyotes, though, have been racking up points against the Kings lately, winning seven of the last nine (7-1-1) overall, including three of four at Staples Center, where Los Angeles is 3-0-3 in its last six games and 10-6-6 overall.

Doan has 20 goals and 54 points - his most versus any opponent - in 65 all-time games versus Los Angeles, but has never faced Quick. The rookie appears in line for a second straight start with Erik Ersbrerg injured and Jason LaBarbera in a slump.

LaBarbera has a 4.12 goals-against average in losing his last four starts and also has six consecutive losses against the Coyotes since a victory on Oct. 6, 2005.

Phoenix, meanwhile, is likely to again turn to Ilya Bryzgalov, who boasts a 2.24 GAA while going 4-0-3 in his last seven starts. He has a five-game winning streak against the Kings, yielding just seven tallies on 135 shots for a .948 save percentage.

Associated Press

Derek Armstrong - Head (Questionable for Dec. 26 vs. Phoenix)
Marc-Andre Cliche - Shoulder IR. (Out until at least late December)
Erik Ersberg - Groin (Out until at least early January)
Jack Johnson - Shoulder IR. (Out until at least late January)
Brad Richardson - Foot IR. (Out until at least late December)

Peter Mueller - Leg (Questionable for Dec. 26 at Los Angeles)


12/02/08 - LAK @ PHX 4-2 (Coyotes)

*Kings All Time Record against Phoenix: 64-82-25-4


Kopitar, LA - 28PTS (10 G / 18 A, -5)
Doan, PHX - 33PTS (16 G / 17 A, +5)

Quincey, LA - 18PTS (2 G / 16 A, +0)
Jovanovski, PHX - 19PTS (2 G / 17 A, -12)


Quick, LA - 3 GP (1-1-0)
GAA 2.63 / SV% .910

Bryzgalov, PHX - 28 GP (12-11-4)
GAA 2.79 / SV% .912


LA – 2.76 (11th)
PHX – 2.80 (14th)

Avg. Goals For
LA – 2.62 (20th)
PHX – 2.63 (19th)

Power Play %
LA – 18.3 (16th)
PHX – 14.4 (27th)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 83.4 (8th)
PHX – 81.0 (17th)



aegwillnotwinthecup* 12-26-2008 01:39 PM

If our power play shows up tonight, we can win this. If it doesn't, Phoenix will edge us by a goal in regulation or a shootout.

It would be so sweet if we could sweep this home and home. Quick needs to be strong. Kopitar needs to show up like at the Columbus game.

4-2 Kings.

BallPointHammer 12-26-2008 02:33 PM

A playoff spot will require beating up on teams like Phoenix. A solid game from Quick and a good offensive effort will produce a win tonight. Go get'em boys!

Telos 12-26-2008 02:33 PM

A good Kings game is what I need after a long Crhistmas hangover... 4-3 Kings. GO KINGS!

Cutty Sarkn3ss* 12-26-2008 02:35 PM

I'm not going to watch the game but I'm hoping to see a win update on my phone.

4-3 Kings

ExplosionsintheGine 12-26-2008 03:42 PM

This will be my first game since the home opener (:facepalm:). So, I'm not that optimistic, considering that Phoenix has a recent history of constant domination towards us.

Please, for the love of god—WIN THIS ****ING GAME!

I haven't seen a live Kings victory in quite a while (last season).

Ollie Weeks 12-26-2008 04:30 PM

Attack! Attack!

kingsholygrail 12-26-2008 04:52 PM

Going to the game tonight. :) Don't like the Kings chances cause I'll be there. ;)

But lets hope they get a victory for me. XD

JPFT 12-26-2008 05:01 PM

Go Kings Go!!!!

BehindEnemyLines 12-26-2008 07:36 PM

Hopefully our D will be just as sharp as the game against Columbus...

chicobanana 12-26-2008 08:35 PM

We need to be great on special teams and we'll win. Go Kings!!!!!!!!!

hans 12-26-2008 09:05 PM

We match up favorably with them on paper, but Phoenix games are never about what's on paper. I never like our odds against them. But for some reason, I've got sort of a good feeling about tonight. If we can hold Shane Doan to a single goal (zero would be unfathomable), we'll be okay.

FPotvin39 12-26-2008 09:24 PM

I want to see another Carcillo vs Ivanans:yo:


watch the last 3 or 4 seconds.

rapots 12-26-2008 09:34 PM

:rant: Phoenix broadcast :shakehead

Kurrilino 12-26-2008 09:39 PM

is the game on ????? No Fox West in my list

kingbrath 12-26-2008 09:42 PM

anywhere I can watch online?

Telos 12-26-2008 09:46 PM

Uber Utility line!

alpa 12-26-2008 09:47 PM

Ivanans has been good last games. IMO

rapots 12-26-2008 09:49 PM


Originally Posted by kingbrath (Post 16997511)
anywhere I can watch online?


alpa 12-26-2008 09:49 PM


Originally Posted by kingbrath (Post 16997511)
anywhere I can watch online?


JMFJ 3 12-26-2008 09:49 PM

Chicken**** offsides call.

no name 12-26-2008 09:55 PM

Dustin Brown's one on one moves are really hurting the team. It wouldn't hurt to pass to a wide open player.

no name 12-26-2008 09:55 PM

What a rush by the Yotes. Dmen got stoned.

JMFJ 3 12-26-2008 09:56 PM

That goal was a thing of beauty, 1-0 Yotes.

FootKnight 12-26-2008 09:56 PM

Turn around and get back to your position a little faster please Tom.

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