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10-24-2009, 01:19 PM
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Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes - 10/24/09 - 6PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(6-4-0, 12 pts)


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Phoenix Coyotes
(6-2-0, 12 pts)






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


TV Broadcast: FS-W (Away)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 207
Online Video Stream: TBA (If Available)


GAME PREIVEW
Season Series: This is the second of six meetings between L.A. and Phoenix this season. The Coyotes won the season-opener for both teams, 6-3 in L.A. on Oct. 3, thanks to a pair of goals from Radim Vrbata, including the game-winner.

Big Story: Expectations for each team grow by the day, or rather by the win, which makes this one of the more intriguing matchups of a full Saturday slate. The Kings salvaged six of 12 possible points on their recent six-game road trip and then came home Thursday night to beat Dallas, 5-4 in overtime, helped by Anze Kopitar's first career hat trick. The Coyotes have won four in a row, including two in OT and one in a shootout, to rise to the top of the Pacific Division.

Team Scope
Kings: Even with the controversy surrounding the recent benching of Alexander Frolov, there are good vibes around this team and a sincere belief that they are a serious contender. However, they are having some minor issues with their goaltending that must be solved. Jonathan Quick, recently tabbed the clear-cut No. 1 by coach Terry Murray, gave up four goals on 21 shots to Dallas on Thursday. He's given up 12 goals in his last four games. With a back-to-back this weekend, we could see both Quick and Erik Ersberg.

Coyotes: No goaltending worries here. Ilya Bryzgalov has been the one of, if not the NHL's best netminder so far this season. Among No. 1 goalies entering Friday's action, he was first in goals-against average (1.26), save percentage (.946) and shutouts (2). His six wins have him tied for second with four others. And it's not as if Bryzgalov is beating slouches either. He's allowed a combined eight goals in wins over L.A., Pittsburgh, San Jose, St. Louis, Boston and Detroit. He gave up only one goal in a loss to Columbus.

Who's Hot: Kopitar is sizzling in Hollywood with six points in the last three games to give him 16 for the season, putting him high up on the NHL leaderboard. Ryan Smyth has continued his torrid start with five more points in the last three games to give him 14 for the season. Dustin Brown has six points in the last four games. … There's arguably nobody in the NHL playing his position better than Bryzgalov right now. Shane Doan reversed his cold start by picking up five points in the last three games, including three assists in the win over Boston last week. Adrian Aucoin has four points in the last three games, including a goal and an assist in Thursday's win over Detroit. Matthew Lombardi has a point in each of the last three games.

Stat Pack: Kopitar and Smyth have recorded at least one point in nine of the Kings' 10 games this season. … The last time the Coyotes won six of their first eight games was 2000-01. The franchise, dating back to its days in Winnipeg, has done it only one other time (1982-83). … Through 10 games last season the Kings were 3-6-1. … Frolov had two assists Thursday night after being scratched by coach Terry Murray in the game before.

Puck Drop: "We've got a long way to go," Doan said. "It's important for us to have a good start to give the fans something to talk about."

-- Dan Rosen, NHL.com

http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2009020076



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Alec Martinez - Lower body (Out until at least late October)
Justin Williams - Lower body (Questionable for Oct. 24 at Phoenix)

PHOENIX
Kurt Sauer - Upper body (IR. Out until at least late October)

http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/injuries



RECENT MEETINGS
10/03/09 - PHX @ LAK 6-3 (Coyotes)

*Kings All Time Record against vs the Coyotes: 66-85-25-4

http://kings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?bcid=21224



LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 16PTS (8 G / 8 A, +3)
Doan, PHX - 7PTS (1 G / 6 A, -1)

Defensemen
Doughty, LA - 7PTS (2 G / 5 A, +1)
Aucoin, PHX - 6PTS (2 G / 4 A, +5)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm


PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
LOS ANGELES
Smyth - Kopitar - Simmonds
Parse - Stoll - Purcell
Frolov - Handzus - Brown
Ivanans - Richardson - Harrold

Drewiske - Doughty
Johnson - Scuderi
O'Donnell - Greene


PHOENIX
Prucha - Hanzal - Vrbata
Pyatt - Lang - Doan
Mueller - Lombardi - Upshall
Fiddler - Winnik - Korpikoski

Sullivan - Jovanovski
Vandermeer - Aucoin
Yandle - Lepisto


PROBABLE STARTING GOALTENDERS
Quick, LA - 9 GP (6-3-0)
GAA 3.01 / SV% .893

Bryzgalov, PHX- 7 GP (6-1-0)
GAA 1.26 / SV% .949

http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA – 3.30 (22nd)
PHX – 1.50 (1st)

Avg. Goals For
LA – 3.30 (T-11th)
PHX – 2.50 (T-21st)

Power Play %
LA – 21.3 (13th)
PHX – 21.6 (12th)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 71.4 (T-28th)
PHX – 82.8 (9th)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS


NHL GAMES TODAY





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Hey great GDT! Thanks for putting it up. Games against Coyotes make me more nervous than any other team. Too bad they didn't start JLB. I've been dying to see a game with him against us. Oh well.

In regards to the goaltending, I was thinking about this the other day. We really didn't get to see Quick until the middle of the season. Maybe he's a bit of a slow starter. I'm sure he'll rip it up as the season goes on. Seems like he just needs to simplify things and believe in himself. Never seems to have a problem taking responsibility so that's good.

Here's to a win tonight!

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You have the 2nd line listed as the 3rd. Other than that, great job.

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Kings lead 3-0 after 2, only to lose 4-3 in OT.

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Kings lead 3-0 after 2, only to lose 4-3 in OT.
Sounds about right.

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Kings lead 3-0 after 2, only to lose 4-3 in OT.
Sounds about right.

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We win tonight if we play an angry, physical game, with fights, face washes, and general hostility. The Coyotes are a soft, skating team that has won with great goaltending by Ilya (yeah...remember, when Dean decided not to pick him up from waivers? Grrrrrrr). Get in Ilya's face, force the Coyotes to play our game and we kick the crap out of them tonight.

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HUGE GAME! We need to win because it seems we only beat PHX when nothings on the line but draft positions!

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Sounds about right.
INCORRECT!

We will win tonight.

So let it be written.

So let it be done!

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Great start Kings!
Any word on starting Goalie tonite ?

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Great start Kings!
Any word on starting Goalie tonite ?
It will be Jonathan Quick.

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We win tonight if we play an angry, physical game, with fights, face washes, and general hostility. The Coyotes are a soft, skating team that has won with great goaltending by Ilya (yeah...remember, when Dean decided not to pick him up from waivers? Grrrrrrr). Get in Ilya's face, force the Coyotes to play our game and we kick the crap out of them tonight.
I don't think any of us (including me) ever got that story completely right. From my understanding, the Coyotes, at the time, were lower than us in the standings and had first dibs on waiver pickups. They claimed Ilya before Dean ever had a chance.

Maybe I'm wrong.

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INCORRECT!

We will win tonight.

So let it be written.

So let it be done!


SO SAY WE ALL!!!!!!!!

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Looking forward to seeing Parse for the first time.

Not looking forward to playing the yoterboats

Kopi, do your thing! Quick - get back to form.

Simmonds - Knock someone out


Oh and Drewiske, I love you but please no hooking/holding penalties tonight. Seem to be getting into a bad habit of taking those the last few games.

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I don't think any of us (including me) ever got that story completely right. From my understanding, the Coyotes, at the time, were lower than us in the standings and had first dibs on waiver pickups. They claimed Ilya before Dean ever had a chance.

Maybe I'm wrong.
The Kings were pretty far down the waiver order at the time Bryz was waived, somewhere between 10 and 12. For all we know they probably put in a claim.

Order at the time was:
Washington
Buffalo
Edmonton
Phoenix
Florida

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As the Los Angeles Kings look over the faces on the Phoenix Coyotes’ bench, they will see two things. First they will see the Western Conference’s second best team. This will be but a fleeting image.
The lasting picture in their minds will be a much harsher one, the visage of humiliation.
The Kings lost their season opener to the Coyotes in a performance so awful, one would have thought TWA had been resurrected to sponsor the game.
The rest of the story at :http://lakingsnews.com/2009/10/24/pr...ge-on-coyotes/

I just hope the Kings don't try and match the Coyote's speed game. They have to play their game and not get caught up trying to play the Yotes game.

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Do you guys put your clock back an hour as well?

GO KINGS GO!!!!

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I don't think any of us (including me) ever got that story completely right. From my understanding, the Coyotes, at the time, were lower than us in the standings and had first dibs on waiver pickups. They claimed Ilya before Dean ever had a chance.

Maybe I'm wrong.
You're wrong, purely out of principal.

Also, Burke was offering a 2nd rounder for him and I am almost certain Dean turned it down.

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Huge game for Quick.

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Huge game for Quick.
Absolutely...his lauded resilience will be put to the test in the wake of that atrocious 3rd period against the Stars.

This will also be a big game for the Kings in general, provided they go into the final frame with a lead. What happened on Thursday has happened in almost every one of the Kings' wins so far this season and I hope they'll be motivated to prove they can competently close out a game after coming so close to having their last W snatched away.

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You're wrong, purely out of principal.

Also, Burke was offering a 2nd rounder for him and I am almost certain Dean turned it down.
At the same time, every other GM in the league turned him down as well.

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Opening night just plain sucked. Phoenix curse be damned, we`ve got this one.

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Espn messed up starting hour for game but if my calc is right it should start in 40 min ...Yes?

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You're wrong, purely out of principal.

Also, Burke was offering a 2nd rounder for him and I am almost certain Dean turned it down.
But did Burke offer the Ilya to the kings for a second?

I honestly believe that one of the main reason Ilya was waived was to keep him from ending up in LA.

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