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Preview: Coyotes vs. Kings

Arizona is looking to stretch its win streak to four games

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Coyotes vs. Kings Preview

Coyotes vs. Kings Preview

Coyotes players Jamie McGinn and Connor Murphy and Head Coach Dave Tippett offer pre-game insight into Tuesday's home game vs. Los Angeles

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GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will attempt to extend their season-long three-game winning streak on Tuesday when they host the Los Angeles Kings. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Arizona time at Gila River Arena.

Arizona (16-26-6) has made strides recently, but Head Coach Dave Tippett warned his young team at Monday's practice to be prepared for more intense games now that the NHL All-Star break is over.

"You're going to get teams that are real hungry and that's a good challenge for our group," Tippett said. "We've got a lot of young players in there where their game has continued to evolve and progress, but now you're going to get pushed harder and you see how they react."

Mike Smith, who stopped 11 of the 14 shots he faced at the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, will start in goal. Smith has won his past three starts and he stopped 87 of 92 shots (94.6 percent) in those games.  

Forward Tobias Rieder, who co-leads the team with 11 goals, will enter the game with a three-game goal-scoring streak. He has notched eight of his goals at Gila River Arena. 

Center Alexander Burmistrov has notched a point in three straight games and is averaging a point per game over his six games with the Coyotes. 

Captain Shane Doan will play in his 1,515th career NHL game to pass Steve Yzerman and move into 16th place on the League's all-time games played list.  

Like Tippett, Doan is trying to prepare his younger teammates for what's to come.

"The second half of the season is a lot more intense," Doan said. "You're going to see it and feel it. There's no comparing it to playoff hockey, but it's another step in that direction."

The Coyotes continue to play minus injured forwards Max Domi (hand) and Brad Richardson (leg). Both skated alone on Monday. Domi, who is considered day-to-day at this point, is expected to skate with teammates for the first time at Tuesday's morning skate. Richardson remains out indefinitely.

Arizona's roster is at 22, one beneath the NHL limit. Reporters asked Tippett after Monday's practice if a player would be recalled from the American Hockey League before Tuesday's game and he said no.

"We're going to stay status quo here through the next couple days and see where it goes," Tippett said.

Rookie Christian Fischer, who was sent back to the American Hockey League last Friday, will not immediately return to the Coyotes.  

"He's a good up-and-down player, but I don't think he's ready for full-time NHL duty yet," Tippett said. "It's part of the growth for every player." 

Video: Dave Tippett previews Tuesday's game vs. LA

Los Angeles (24-21-4) will enter the post-All-Star Game portion of its schedule one point out of the Western Conference's playoff field.

Like Smith, Kings goalie Peter Budaj notched a shutout in his last game before the All-Star break; he stopped all 22 shots he faced vs. Carolina on Jan. 26.

The Kings are leading the League in hits this season with 1,466, 118 more than second-place Anaheim. LA also leads the NHL in overtime success with a 21-4 record in the extra frame since the introduction of three-on-three OT in 2015-16. 

All-Star forward Jeff Carter leads the Kings and is tied for second in the NHL with 24 goals. He also leads the team in points (43). Carter has scored an NHL-best eight game-winning goals and is one shy of tying LA's all-time record for most game-winning goals in a season.

All-Star defenseman Drew Doughty will enter the game with a four-game assist streak. He has 20 helpers this season, two behind team leader Anze Kopitar.

Center Nic Dowd will return after missing three games because of a lower-body injury. Meanwhile, the Kings will play minus goalie Jonathan Quick, forward Tyler Toffoli and defenseman Matt Greene, all injured.

OFFICIAL GAME NOTES

BROADCAST INFO

TV: FOX Sports Arizona 

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM

COYOTES PROJECTED LINEUP VS. KINGS

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