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Preview: Coyotes at Kings

Los Angeles hoping to keep playoff hopes alive; Arizona begins final road trip of season

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (28-41-9) at KINGS (37-33-7)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV

 

Coyotes team scope

The Arizona Coyotes will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a fifth straight season, but the coaches and players remain optimistic heading into their final road trip of the season. Arizona is coming off a 6-3 home victory against the Washington Capitals, the top team in the Eastern Conference, on Friday. "I think it's hard for teams that play against us right now. They don't know what to expect from us because we're already out of the playoffs," forward Alexander Burmistrov said. "But we, on our side, are battling to try to show the coaches, the management, we want to play and we want to be here. So it's tough to play against us, I think." Forward Shane Doan is four games from completing his 21st consecutive season with the Coyotes. He returned against the Capitals after missing seven games with a lower-body injury and had an assist. Doan has scored 37 goals and has 81 points in his career against the Los Angeles Kings, more than he's had against any NHL team.

 

Kings team scope

The Kings remain 10 points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference after the Predators lost 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. Goaltender Jonathan Quick will start against the Coyotes. He allowed two goals or fewer in all nine starts in March with two shutouts. Quick will be making his 39th career start against the Coyotes and first this season after missing 4 1/2 months with a groin injury. Quick has six career shutouts against the Coyotes, two more than any other NHL team, and is coming off a 2-0 victory at the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. "They've actually played very well the last six weeks," assistant coach John Stevens said of the Coyotes. "They've had stretches where they've fallen off, but they may have played their best stretch of hockey."

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Brendan Perlini -- Christian Dvorak -- Radim Vrbata

Max Domi -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Anthony Duclair

Jordan Martinook -- Josh Jooris -- Tobias Rieder

Lawson Crouse -- Peter Holland -- Shane Doan

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Connor Murphy

Alex Goligoski -- Anthony DeAngelo

Jakob Chychrun -- Luke Schenn

Mike Smith

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Zbynek Michalek, Clayton Keller, Jamie McGinn, Teemu Pulkkinen.

Injured: Kevin Connauton (upper body).

 

Kings projected lineup

Marian Gaborik -- Anze Kopitar -- Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Jarome Iginla

Trevor Lewis -- Nick Shore -- Dustin Brown

Kyle Clifford -- Adrian Kempe - Jordan Nolan

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Brayden McNabb -- Alec Martinez

Jake Muzzin -- Paul LaDue

Jonathan Quick

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Nic Dowd, Kevin Gravel, Jonny Brodzinski

Injured: None

 

Status report

Arizona forward Brad Richardson, who played for the Kings from 2008-13, had a procedure Saturday to remove hardware from his right leg. Richardson fractured his tibia and fibula against the Canucks on Nov. 17.

 

Who's hot

Dvorak has three points (two goals, one assist) in the past two games. Goligoski has three points (one goal, two assists) in the past three games. ... Iginla has scored a goal in each of the past three games, his longest goal-scoring streak since Jan. 21-30, 2015. His next goal will be the 626 th of his career, moving him past Joe Sakic for 15th on the NHL's all-time list. Kopitar has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past nine games.

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