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johnjm22 12-27-2008 06:08 PM

Los Angeles @ Phoenix - 12/27/08 - 6:00PM
 
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Los Angeles Kings
(14-15-6, 34 pts)

VS.


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Phoenix Coyotes
(17-14-5, 39 pts)


6:00PM (PST) @ Jobing.com Arena Glendale, AZ


TV Broadcast: FS-W (Away), FS-A (Home)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 236


GAME PREIVEW
If the Phoenix Coyotes are to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002, it likely will be their success at home - especially against the Los Angeles Kings - that helps get them there.

The Coyotes look to continue their strong play at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday night when they meet the Kings to close a home-and-home series.

Phoenix (17-14-5) has averaged 4.6 goals while posting a 7-0-1 record at home against Los Angeles since November 2006. The Coyotes are 11-4-2 at home this season, with three of those regulation losses coming by one goal.

Their solid play in Arizona has been most evident this month.

Starting with a 4-2 win over Los Angeles on Dec. 2, the Coyotes have gone 5-0-1 while outscoring their opponents 21-11. The only home game in which Phoenix didn't pick up two points was on Dec. 13, a 5-4 shootout loss to defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit in which Ilya Bryzgalov gave up the tying goal with 21 seconds remaining in regulation.

Bryzgalov has been in goal for all but one home win in December, turning aside 136 of 142 shots for a 1.36 goals-against average.

Spearheading the offense at home for Phoenix this month have been Martin Hanzal and former King Steve Reinprecht, each with four goals.

While the Coyotes have thrived at home in 2008-09, the Kings have not done so on the road, going 4-8-0 away from Staples Center.

However, Los Angeles (14-15-6) is in position to win two straight on the road for the first time this season. On Tuesday, rookie Jon Quick made 24 saves for his first NHL shutout in a 3-0 victory at Columbus.

Quick was unable to make it two straight wins overall, however, as the Coyotes took the opener of this set on Friday with a 2-1 triumph at Staples Center.

Shane Doan remained red-hot with a goal and assist, Peter Mueller scored his first goal in 21 games, and Bryzgalov made 24 saves to continue his dominance over the Kings.

Doan, Phoenix's leading scorer, has three goals in his last two games to give him 17 this season along with 18 assists. The Coyotes captain also has points in eight straight home games against Los Angeles, totaling eight goals and five assists in that span.

His 56 total points versus the Kings are his most against any opponent.

"Shane has played really well all year. It's one of the best years I've seen him have," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "He's been outstanding. He's a tremendous captain and he's been a good leader for our group.

"It's good to see him score some big goals for us at key times in the game. That's what a leader does."

Doan may not be the only leader. Since joining the Coyotes off waivers from Anaheim in November 2007, Bryzgalov is 6-0-0 with a 1.33 GAA against the Kings, and has surrendered five goals in three home wins over Los Angeles.

Quick stopped 24 shots and Peter Harrold scored on the power play on Friday for the Kings, who fell to 1-4-2 in their last seven games.

"We just came up a little bit short," Quick said. "We've got to refocus and go back into Phoenix tomorrow and try to come out with a different outcome. These are games we need to win."

Associated Press



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Derek Armstrong / Head (Questionable for Dec. 27 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)

Phoenix
No injuries reported.

Sportsline.com



PREVIOUS MEETINGS
12/26/08 - PHX @ LAK 2-1 (Coyotes)
12/02/08 - LAK @ PHX 4-2 (Coyotes)

*Kings All Time Record against Phoenix: 64-83-25-4

NHL.com



INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 29PTS (10 G / 19 A, -6)
Doan, PHX - 35PTS (17 G /18 A, +6)

Defensemen
Quincey, LA - 18PTS (2 G / 16 A, +0)
Jovanovski, PHX - 19PTS (2 G / 17 A, -11)

NHL.com



PROBABLE STARTING GOALTENDERS
Quick, LA - 4 GP (1-2-0)
GAA 2.46 / SV% .914

Bryzgalov, PHX - 29 GP (13-11-4)
GAA 2.72 / SV% .913

NHL.com



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA 2.74 (11th)
PHX 2.75 (12th)

Avg. Goals For
LA 2.57 (21st)
PHX 2.61 (T-19th)

Power Play %
LA 18.5 (15th)
PHX 14.6 (T-24th)

Penalty Kill %
LA 83.2 (T-7th)
PHX 80.7 (T-19th)

NHL.com



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS



Zad 12-27-2008 06:14 PM

Desert Dog Stew.

Ingredients:

1. 18 dead Coyotes
2. 1 beaten Great One
3. 1 slaughtered former Duck
4. Lime, cilantro and spicy white beans.

Cutty Sarkn3ss* 12-27-2008 06:40 PM

Let's get back up to .500

JDM 12-27-2008 06:42 PM

I just want an exciting game. Some effort would be nice. Anything other than another snoozer.

The Kings need to take the body early and start the game making short, stick to stick and touch passes to get in a groove.

If we do those two things in the first 10 minutes I think we'll be ok...

...assuming Quick is in net.

Zad 12-27-2008 06:49 PM

Phoenix should be tired since they are the only ones that played last night...

johnjm22 12-27-2008 07:18 PM

I'm tired of seeing the Coyotes, and I'm sure Phoenix fans feel the same way about the Kings.

Telos 12-27-2008 07:55 PM

I am tired of this streak they have against us. We need to win the rest of our meetings. I demand Kopitar have a good game and for something really heaving to smack Murray in the face and he forgets his line combinations and finds himself with amnesia and unable to remember how he made them before and then asks a fan to do it for him and we suddenly score 6 goals... Then I demand for Quick to stand on his head and Drew Doughty to get his first career hat trick. Hey, it could happen... Either way. Still betting on the Kings as always. 4-2 LA after empty netter. GO KINGS!

redcard 12-27-2008 08:02 PM

lets take some heads off.

bloodbath please.

PSP 12-27-2008 08:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zad (Post 17007267)
Phoenix should be tired since they are the only ones that played last night...

OUCH!!! :sarcasm:

Cutty Sarkn3ss* 12-27-2008 08:07 PM

Game Time!

I'm probably leaving by the 3rd period though. . .hopefully they have this game put away by then :sarcasm:

Telos 12-27-2008 08:09 PM

Have the Kings won with their 3rd jersey yet?

Chazz Reinhold 12-27-2008 08:10 PM

Jim Fox: "It took the Kings 20 minutes to get going last night."

What ****ing game were you watching?

alpa 12-27-2008 08:11 PM

What the F Brown-Kopi-Sully on the same line???:amazed:

Telos 12-27-2008 08:11 PM

Bleh, I have a bad feeling about this game. They seem unmovitated. Kings need a kick in the ass. Murray needs to smack some people. Also, just heard Miller say Ersberg is on the road trip, I like hearing that, might be some hope if the offense gets some vigor.

Chazz Reinhold 12-27-2008 08:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Telos (Post 17009074)
Bleh, I have a bad feeling about this game. They seem unmovitated. Kings need a kick in the ass.

Coyotes are just walking all over them in the defensive zone.

Kingswin 12-27-2008 08:18 PM

Kings better get the first one or this game is done.

Cutty Sarkn3ss* 12-27-2008 08:18 PM

Wow. . .nice save

CowMix 12-27-2008 08:18 PM

Nice job by Frolov, he killed a lot of time on the pk.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chazz Reinhold (Post 17009017)
Jim Fox: "It took the Kings 40 minutes to get going last night."

What ****ing game were you watching?

fixed

Cutty Sarkn3ss* 12-27-2008 08:22 PM

Purcell & Calder should switch lines. . .

KingLB 12-27-2008 08:29 PM

Ivanans the sniper.....

alpa 12-27-2008 08:29 PM

LOL Ivanans

onlyalad 12-27-2008 08:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kingswin (Post 17009258)
Kings better get the first one or this game is done.

The Kings have won .067% or 1 game in 15 when trailing first. Worst in the league.
When they score first the Kings win 75% of the time
So it is safe to say the above statement is true all the time
and they score as I type so hope the stats don't lie

Kingswin 12-27-2008 08:30 PM

If that doesn't ruin Bryzgalov's confidence then nothing will.

Zad 12-27-2008 08:30 PM

The odds makers take a beating AGAIN!

dabeechman 12-27-2008 08:30 PM

lol at Ivanans "hop"


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