KINGS (0-1-0) at COYOTES (0-1-0)
6:00PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 790 KABC
GONE TO GLENDALE: Before returning to STAPLES Center Sunday night to kick off a six-game home stand, which will be their second longest of the season, the Kings have an important date with the Arizona Coyotes tonight at Gila River Arena. Arizona fell to Winnipeg 6-2 Thursday night; the Kings are coming off a 4-0 loss to San Jose Wednesday night.
SPARK AGAINST SMITH: Arizona’s Mike Smith had a tough night Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets in the Coyotes’ opener, allowing six goals on 27 shots, surrendering four of those in the first period. The Kings, taking 34 shots on San Jose’s Antti Niemi in their opener Wednesday night, failed to find the net. Can the Kings jumpstart their offense tonight against Smith?
During the Kings’ split-squad games against the Coyotes on September 22, they got four goals past Mike Smith at Gila River Arena, and three goals past Devan Dubnyk at STAPLES Center, plus a shootout winner.
AZ DOES IT
MUZZIN, LEWIS OUT: Per Jon Rosen, neither Jake Muzzin nor Trevor Lewis will be in tonight’s lineup. Muzzin suffered an undisclosed injury early in the week; Lewis fell to a mid-to-upper body injury during Wednesday’s game against San Jose. Brayden McNabb will dress again, and options for Lewis’ absence could mean time for Jordan Nolan.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: Against the then Phoenix Coyotes last season, the Kings went 2-3-0 in five regular season meetings. The Kings were 2-1-0 against Arizona at STAPLES Center, racking up 14 goals against the Coyotes in those three games. In Glendale, it was a different story; the Kings went 0-2-0, getting outscored 6-1 in those two meetings. Can the Kings turn the tide on their luck tonight at the newly renamed Gila River Arena?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 5:30PM PT on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim’s return to the play-by-play and color call at 6:00PM PT for puck drop at Gila River Arena.