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12-02-2008, 10:37 AM
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Los Angeles @ Phoenix - 12/2/08 - 6:30 PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(10-10-3, 23 pts)

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Phoenix Coyotes
(10-11-2, 22 pts)


6:30PM (PST) @ Jobing.com Arena | Glendale, AZ


TV Broadcast: FSW (Home)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 205


GAME PREIVEW
Considering the way Mikael Tellqvist has been playing lately, it's not surprising that Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky is keeping him in the net.

Tellqvist is expected to make his third start in four games on Tuesday, when the Coyotes continue their four-game homestand with a matchup against the Pacific Division rival Los Angeles Kings.

Tellqvist has stopped 95 of 99 shots in his last three games for Phoenix (10-11-2), and is 3-2-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average in six overall appearances.

He led the Coyotes to back-to-back wins on Wednesday and Friday, but took the loss in Saturday's 3-2 decision against visiting San Jose. After Ilya Bryzgalov allowed two goals on the only two shots he faced, Tellqvist replaced him at 5:26 of the first period and turned aside 19 of 20 shots.

Bryzgalov, who entered the season ahead of Tellqvist on the depth chart, is 7-9-1 in 18 games overall and is 0-4-1 with a 3.51 GAA in his last six starts.

"Bryzgalov has just not played at the level we need him to play at," Gretzky said after the defeat. "He's better than the way he's performed."

Though Bryzgalov has yielded just seven goals on 135 shots and has compiled a .948 save percentage in winning five straight starts versus Los Angeles, Gretzky told the Coyotes' official Web site that Tellqvist would start Tuesday.

"It's always nice when the coach believes in you and your teammates," said Tellqvist, who is 2-1-2 with a tie and a 2.89 GAA in six career games against the Kings, losing his last two matchups."Hopefully, I can have a good game tomorrow and get a win."

Phoenix is 15-7-2 versus Los Angeles (10-10-3) since the start of 2005-06, but lost the final two matchups in last season's series after winning the first six.

The Kings may have their own goaltending controversy as Jason LaBarbera and Erik Ersberg have alternated starts in the last four games.

On Monday, LaBarbera finished with 25 saves, but also gave up a pair of early third-period power-play goals in a 3-1 loss to visiting Toronto. Los Angeles has allowed opponents to convert 23.5 percent (12-for-51) of its man-advantage chances in the last 11 games.

"We played well, we just didn't do enough. We found a way to lose (Monday night) instead of finding a way to win," said LaBarbera, whose team dropped to 3-4-1 following its season-high four-game winning streak from Nov. 6-13.

Since LaBarbera is 0-5-1 with a 3.75 GAA in his last seven games versus the Kings, coach Terry Murray may continue this goaltending pattern Tuesday.

Ersberg won both of his career appearances against the Coyotes last season, allowing five goals while compiling a .936 save percentage in those outings.

Alexander Frolov - second on the Kings with 16 points - scored his team-leading ninth goal Monday, and has tallied four times and provided an assist in his last five games. In 32 career contests versus the Coyotes, the winger has 14 goals and 27 points - the highest totals he has against any team he's faced.

Tellqvist has posted a 1.54 GAA and a .952 save percentage in four games at home, where the Coyotes are 6-4-1 after splitting the first two contests on their four-game homestand.

Captain Shane Doan leads the Coyotes with 11 goals and 22 points, and has 20 goals and 53 points - the most he has versus any opponent - in 64 all-time games versus the Kings.



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Marc-Andre Cliche (Separated shoulder on 10/06/08) IR
Denis Gauthier (Right foot injury on 11/29/08) day-to-day
Jack Johnson (Shoulder injury on 10/13/08) IR


PHOENIX
Olli Jokinen (Strained shoulder on 11/28/08) day-to-day



RECENT MEETINGS
03/27/08 - Coyotes @ Kings 4-0 (Kings win)
03/20/08 - Kings @ Coyotes 6-5 (Kings win in Shootout)
02/18/08 - Coyotes @ Kings 4-0 (Coyotes win)
02/16/08 - Kings @ Coyotes 4-3 (Coyotes win)
12/08/07 - Coyotes @ Kings 4-2 (Coyotes win)
12/05/07 - Kings @ Coyotes 4-1 (Coyotes win)
11/21/07 - Kings @ Coyotes 4-1 (Coyotes win)
11/17/07 - Coyotes @ Kings 1-0 (Coyotes win)

*Kings All-Time Record against Phoenix (64-81-29)



LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 18 points (5 G, 13 A, -1)
Doan, PHX - 22 points (11 G, 11 A, +2)

Defensemen
Quincey, LA - 13 points (2 G, 11 A, +5)
Yandle, PHX - 12 points (1 G, 11 A, -1)



PROBABLE STARTERS
Ersberg, LA - 13 GP Record: 6-4-2 GAA 2.29 SV% .900
Tellqvist, PHX - 6 GP Record: 3-2-1 GAA 2.03 SV% .940



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA – 2.65 (T-8th in NHL)
PHX – 2.70 (11th in NHL)

Avg. Goals
LA – 2.56 (T-23rd in NHL)
PHX – 2.39 (T-27th in NHL)

Power Play %
LA – 15.5 (21st in NHL)
PHX – 13.5 (28th in NHL)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 82.9 (12th in NHL)
PHX – 81.3 (18th in NHL)



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS




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12-02-2008, 11:38 AM
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I don't want to hear any "but we played last night" excuses....I expect to see a pissed-off team come out early tonight and take it hard to Phoenix. No prisoners.

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Looks like were running into a hot goaltender. This could spell trouble...

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Doughty has looked average at best the last couple games, admittedly against a very high standard he set for himself. I hope he's not hitting the wall already.

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Just win baby. After losing last night I better see a pissed off Kings team tonight.

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Kings offensive woes continue. 3-1 Coyotes.

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12-02-2008, 01:44 PM
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Doughty has looked average at best the last couple games, admittedly against a very high standard he set for himself. I hope he's not hitting the wall already.


Unbelieveable.

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I'm expecting a tired Kings team tonight.

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Kopitar needs to get his act together, try taking a few more shots as well as burying the ones by the net. He missed that one last night, he missed the one in the anahiem game(the one where they lost 1-0 in OT).

He needs to get his act together, if he was playing like himself this team would be in the playoff picture right now. And we cant blame it all on Murray, Kopitar has had trouble on his own this year.

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12-02-2008, 03:44 PM
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Doughty has looked average at best the last couple games, admittedly against a very high standard he set for himself. I hope he's not hitting the wall already.
I still see good, slick footwork, good anticipation and nifty stickhandling despite turnovers. He's not hitting any wall. He just doesn't have to be dazzling every game.

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It kills me how automatic it seems that when our guys are breaking out on the offensive the puck carrier goes to the outside lane. Hello! What happened to taking it down the middle to open up the options - pass left or right, criss-cross, drop pass, dump-in, go to the net, SHOOT, etc. Sure the middle isn't always open or the best choice. But hardly ever doing it makes the opposing defensemens job much easier. Our guys need to be way more aggressive and hungry to score goals. And it can be done without sacrificing defense if smart plays are made and the forwards backcheck hard.

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Kings have done terrible this season against good netminders.


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It kills me how automatic it seems that when our guys are breaking out on the offensive the puck carrier goes to the outside lane. Hello! What happened to taking it down the middle to open up the options - pass left or right, criss-cross, drop pass, dump-in, go to the net, SHOOT, etc. Sure the middle isn't always open or the best choice. But hardly ever doing it makes the opposing defensemens job much easier. Our guys need to be way more aggressive and hungry to score goals. And it can be done without sacrificing defense if smart plays are made and the forwards backcheck hard.
Further on this point, I wish they'd let Doughty activate and rush up the ice once or twice a game. Obviously having him keep his focus on defense is better overall for his game and the team, but there are few times when there is a seem, I know he sees the seem, but he passes it off instead.

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I wouldn't be too concerned about Tellqvist. Telly plays great in spurts but then gives it up in the most devastating manner possible.

At this point Coyotes fans barely know which team will take the ice - the team that beat the Sharks earlier this year or the team that lost seven straight games.

Anyway, I always like watching the Kings so I'm looking forward to a good game tonight. Pity my Kings uber-fan brother isn't going to be here to go to the game with me...

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I wouldn't be too concerned about Tellqvist. Telly plays great in spurts but then gives it up in the most devastating manner possible.

At this point Coyotes fans barely know which team will take the ice - the team that beat the Sharks earlier this year or the team that lost seven straight games.

Anyway, I always like watching the Kings so I'm looking forward to a good game tonight. Pity my Kings uber-fan brother isn't going to be here to go to the game with me...
Doesn't matter. Kings make every goalie hot.

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If Kings lose tonight their season is over.

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If Kings lose tonight their season is over.
Yeah, it's about that time in the Kings season.

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Yeah, it's about that time in the Kings season.
Least it wasn't over in November like last season.

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Least it wasn't over in November like last season.
You see. We are indeed a much improved team this year. Now that that has been solidified, we need to make sure that we get Hedman.

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We will win tonight. No negative, the Kings will be tired, piss poor energy around these parts.

We will take out our anger over last night's game downtown LA style. A .38 followed by a nice sushi dinner.

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A little odd...but I DIG that about you!

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