LAST CALL W/ AZ:
Tonight marks the fifth and final meeting with the Coyotes this season, and the Kings’ third and final visit to Glendale’s Gila River Arena. The Coyotes are playing the first of a two-game home stand, and are coming off of a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last Tuesday night. The Kings are on a one-game trip away from Los Angeles and are coming off of a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche last Wednesday.
GET USED TO IT: Starting tonight, the Kings will play eight of their next nine games on the road. With a 15-7-2 record away from STAPLES Center this season, the Kings have the second-best mark in the Western Conference and the fourth-best in the league. Ironically, the Kings’ previous road game came in Arizona, a 3-2 loss on January 23 which saw the Coyotes snap their four-game losing streak on home ice.
LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate at Gila River Arena in anticipation of tonight’s game. Kyle Clifford, who the Kings recalled from the Ontario Reign on Saturday after a two-game conditioning stint, skated as an extra with Andy Andreoff; those two will likely be tonight’s healthy scratches along with Christian Ehrhoff. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start in net.
LUCIC – KOPITAR – GABORIK
PEARSON – CARTER – TOFFOLI
BROWN – LECAVALIER – LEWIS
KING – SHORE – NOLAN
(CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF)
MUZZIN - DOUGHTY
MARTINEZ – SCHENN
MCNABB – MCBAIN
QUICK TURNAROUND: Jonathan Quick, who stopped 14 of the 17 shots he faced while helping the Pacific Division to a championship at the 2017 All-Star Game over the weekend in Nasvhille, comes into the night with personal three-game losing streak. Quick’s three consecutive losses matches a season high for the Kings’ starting goaltender, he lost his first three decisions of the season (Oct 7, 9, 13). Quick has allowed 10 goals during his past three starts, posting a .859 SV% and a 3.33 GAA. Quick is 1-3-0 in four starts against Arizona this season, posting a .867 SV% and a 3.25 GAA.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings’ previous meeting with the Coyotes on January 23 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, they fell 3-2 to Arizona. Nick Shore and Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, Arizona’s Jordan Martinook netted the game-winner in the opening minutes of the third period. Jonathan Quick stopped 18 of the 16 shots he faced in the loss.
DOGGIN’ IT: The Kings haven’t had the best results against Arizona, posting a 1-3-0 record against the Coyotes this season, though three of the four games have been decided by a single goal. The Kings’ lone victory came on December 26 in Arizona when Anze Kopitar’s OT goal lifted the Kings to a 4-3 win. Oliver Ekman-Larsson has totaled four goals against the Kings this season; the Coyotes have scored four power play goals in the teams’ last two meetings.
PACIFIC KILLERS: The Coyotes are an outstanding 11-2-2 against Pacific Division opponents this season, and have earned points in all four meetings against the Kings thus far. The Kings, first-place in the Pacific with 63 points, have a 10-point lead over the Coyotes in the division and hold a seven-point lead over the second-place San Jose Sharks. Can the Kings keep the Coyotes at distance with a win tonight?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 5:30 PM PST on Fox Sports West, followed with Nick and Jim on the live play-by-play call from Gila River Arena for puck drop just after 6:00. You can also listen to Jon Rosen and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.