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Spirits, Schultz up in Arizona's first visit of the season

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings



COYOTES (11-16-4) at KINGS (16-11-6)

1:00PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 790 KABC

AZ IN LA: This is the third of four meetings with the Coyotes this season, and the first of two at STAPLES Center. The Kings dropped the first meeting 3-2 in OT on October 11, then shutout Arizona in a 4-0 win on December 4 in their second and final visit to Gila River Arena this season. The Coyotes just finished up a five-game home stand, where they posted a 1-3-1 record. Arizona is coming off of a 2-1 OT win over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night.

ROBYN ON THE MEND: Robyn Regehr left Thursday night’s game against St. Louis in the second period with an undisclosed upper-body injury and did not return. In lieu of Regehr’s injury, Jeff Schultz was called up from the Manchester Monarchs on Friday morning. Schultz, who signed with the Kings during the 2013 offseason, has never played in a regular season game with the Kings. Schultz appeared in seven playoff games last season. In 26 games with the Monarchs this season, Schultz has nine points (3G, 6A) with a plus-seven rating.

QUICK TURNAROUND: Coming off of his 24-save performance in the Kings’ 6-4 win Thursday night, Jonathan Quick will make his fourth straight start this afternoon against the Coyotes. Today will mark Quick’s 27 start of the season; he comes into the afternoon with a 13-8-5 record, posting a .924 SV% and a 2.30 GAA. Quick made 37 saves against Arizona on October 11 in the Kings’ 3-2 OT loss to the Coyotes.

DEALING WITH DUBNYK: The Kings will see Devan Dubnyk in Arizona’s net this afternoon. Dubnky, who has made 10 starts this season, comes into the game with a 6-2-2 record, posting a .922 SV% and a 2.56 GAA. Dubnyk was the winning goalie in the Kings’ first meeting against the Coyotes this season, stopping 24 of 26 shots faced in a 3-2 OT win for Arizona. On December 4, Dubnyk came in for relief of Mike Smith, and stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced in a 4-0 Kings win.

STREAKS, MILESTONES: Jeff Carter has five points (1G, 4A) in the last two games, Marian Gaborik is riding a three-game goal-streak that has accumulated six points (5G, 1A), Anze Kopitar has six points (1G, 5A) in the last two games, and defenseman Jake Muzzin has five points (2G, 3A) in the last five games. Trevor Lewis will be playing in his 301st NHL game today.

THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Coyotes last visited STAPLES Center on April 2 of last season. The Kings pulled out a 4-0 win, officially clinching a berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jonathan Quick posted a shutout, making 17 saves, and the Kings got goals from Tanner Pearson, Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter, and Anze Kopitar. The Kings are 8-2-0 against the Coyotes in their last 10 regular season meetings against Arizona at STAPLES Center, dating back to March 3, 2011.

PEARSON THE COYOTES

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 12:30PM PT on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop at 1:00PM PT.

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