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Coyotes at Kings Preview

Arizona is putting two-game win streak on the line in LA

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

The Coyotes will try to extend their two-game win streak on Tuesday night when they play the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

Arizona (25-35-8) has not won three games in a row since Jan. 21-28. 

Backup goalie Louis Domingue will start in place of Mike Smith, who made 22 saves in a 1-0 shutout win over Colorado on Monday in Glendale.

Domingue has notched a 1-1-1 record and a 4.03 goals-against average in three games vs. the Kings in his NHL career. All three of those games were played in Glendale, so tonight's game will be his first regular-season appearance at the Staples Center, the building in which the Coyotes drafted him 138th overall in 2010.

"This is a real good test for Louis," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "It's going to be a hard game ... He's won his last couple games and he's played well ... With a back-to-back, it's the right thing to do right now."

The Coyotes are 3-7-1 in the second game of back-to-back games this season.

Rookie Brendan Perlini will enter the game with a three-game goal-scoring streak. Per Elias Sports, it's the longest streak by a Coyotes rookie since Peter Mueller produced a three-game goal streak from Jan 17-21, 2008.

"He shoots with a mind-set to score every time," Tippett said. "It doesn't matter if it's a warm-up shot or a shot in a game, he has a goal scorer's mind-set ... He has a passion to score, and when he does that's a good thing for our team."

Forward Jordan Martinook has notched eight points (five goals, three assists) in eight career games vs. the Kings, including three goals and two assists this season.

Los Angeles (33-29-6) also played on Monday and lost to St. Louis, 3-1, on home ice.

The Kings will enter the game five points behind the Blues for the second and final wildcard spot in the Western Conference with just 14 games to play. 

Jeff Carter leads the Kings in goals (31) and points (59). His nine game-winning goals are currently tied for the League-lead and are one behind Charlie Simmer (10 in 1980-81) for most in a single season by a member of the Kings.

Forward Jarome Iginla has notched two goals in five games since coming to the Kings via a trade with Colorado just before the trade deadline earlier this month.

Ben Bishop, who also joined the Kings via trade just before the deadline, likely will start in goal for Los Angeles in place of Jonathan Quick, who played Monday vs. St. Louis. Bishop is 0-1-1 in two games with LA.

OFFICIAL GAME NOTES

BROADCAST INFO:

TV: FOX Sports Arizona

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM

COYOTES PROJECTED LINEUP VS. KINGS;

Forwards

Domi - Dvorak - Vrbata

Perlini - Martinook - Rieder

Crouse - Jooris - Doan

McGinn - Holland - Duclair

Defensemen

Ekman-Larsson - Murphy

Goligoski - Schenn

Chychrun - DeAngelo

Goalies

Domingue

Smith

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