GONE TO GLENDALE:
Tonight marks the fourth of five meetings with the Coyotes this season, and second of three visits to Arizona’s Gila River Arena – the teams will complete their season series on February 2 in Glendale. The Coyotes are finishing a seven-game home stand where they’ve gone 2-3-1 thus far, and are coming off of a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. The Kings are playing the first of a two-game road trip, they’re coming off of a 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate at Gila River Arena in anticipation of tonight’s game. Dwight King and Dustin Brown have moved up to the second line and will skate alongside Jeff Carter. Vincent Lecavalier will center Marian Gaborik and Trevor Lewis on the third line. Christian Ehrhoff looks to be back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the past three games. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and will draw the start in goal.
LUCIC – KOPITAR – TOFFOLI
KING – CARTER – BROWN
GABORIK – LECAVALIER – LEWIS
PEARSON – SHORE – ANDREOFF
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN - MARTINEZ
EHRHOFF – SCHENN
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings’ previous meeting with the Coyotes on December 26 at Gila River Arena, the Kings won the game 4-3 in OT. The Kings scored three goals in the third period in a 5:46 minute span, Arizona two in 30 seconds. Anze Kopitar netted the game-winner 36 seconds into overtime to give the Kings the win. Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in the win.
TRAP GAME: The Coyotes have dropped their last four games on home ice, having scored two goals in their last three games. However, Minnesota entered Thursday’s game against the Kings having lost five straight, with one goal scored in their previous three. With a win tonight, the Kings can even up their season series against the Coyotes, who they are 1-2-0 against thus far.
DOMINGUE IN NET: The Kings will see Arizona’s Louis Domingue for the second time this season. Domingue stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced in the teams’ meeting on December 26, and has dropped three straight decisions after winning four consecutive. Domingue carries a 8-6-4 record into the night, along with a .911 SV% and a 2.33 GAA.
THE PACIFIC: Four of the Kings’ next five games come against Pacific Division opponents, two of them Arizona. The Coyotes have dropped to fourth in the division, while the Kings hold a 10-point lead in the grouping ahead of the second-place San Jose Sharks.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 5:30 PM PST on Fox Sports West, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from Gila River Arena for puck drop just after 6:00. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.