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Coyotes at Kings preview

Arizona hoping for third straight win; Carter out as Los Angeles try for fourth consecutive victory

by Dan Greenspan / Correspondent

COYOTES (16-18-2) at KINGS (14-20-3)

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


The Game

Jeff Carter will be out for the Los Angeles Kings as they try for their fourth straight win when they play the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center on Thursday.

Carter, who is tied for fourth on the Kings with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 37 games, is day-to-day because of an upper-body injury.

The Coyotes have scored nine goals in winning their past two games, after scoring two goals during a three-game losing streak (0-3-0).


Players to watch

Coyotes forward Alex Galchenyuk has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games after he had two assists in the previous 11.

Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk has three points (two goals, one assist) in two games since returning from an ankle injury that sidelined him for 10 games.


They said it

"It's always a work in progress, but when we play with a lot of energy it seems like we score." -- Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski

"If you play against the top guys, if you play in their zone, the tank is empty when they get the puck. The [Kings] forwards have been doing a really good job to make longer plays in the offensive zone and try to work them down there and wear them down." -- Kings defenseman Oscar Fantenberg


Coyotes projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Nick Schmaltz -- Christian Fischer

Richard Panik -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller

Michael Bunting -- Nick Cousins -- Josh Archibald

Lawson Crouse -- Mario Kempe -- Conor Garland

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Jordan Oesterle -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Darcy Kuemper

Adin Hill

Scratched: Calvin Pickard, Kevin Connauton

Injured: Christian Dvorak (upper body), Jason Demers (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Michael Grabner (upper body), Vinnie Hinostroza (lower body), Brad Richardson (illness)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Austin Wagner -- Michael Amadio -- Matt Luff

Kyle Clifford -- Nate Thompson -- Brendan Leipsic

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Sean Walker

Oscar Fantenberg -- Paul LaDue

Jonathan Quick

Cal Petersen

Scratched: Nikita Scherbak, Daniel Brickley

Injured: Jeff Carter (upper body), Alec Martinez (upper body), Dion Phaneuf (upper body), Carl Hagelin (knee), Trevor Lewis (foot), Jack Campbell (knee), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder)


Status report

Richardson has the flu and will miss his first game of the season. Hinostroza could play against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday after practicing Thursday, coach Rick Tocchet said. … Phaneuf practiced Thursday but will miss his sixth straight game.


Stat pack

Garland has goals in consecutive games after going without a point in his first seven NHL games. … Iafallo has nine points (four goals, five assists) during a seven-game point streak. He has goals in four straight games, the longest streak of his NHL career.

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