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Coyotes at Kings preview

Los Angeles seeking sixth straight home win; Arizona is 5-1-1 in past seven road games

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

COYOTES (13-8-2) at KINGS (9-12-1)

4 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV


The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will try to win their sixth in a row at home when they play the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center on Saturday.

The Kings are 4-1-0 in their past five games; the loss was 3-0 to the Coyotes on Monday at Gila River Arena. The Coyotes are 5-1-1 in their past seven road games.

Antti Raanta, who made 31 saves against the Kings on Monday, starts for Arizona. Raanta is 4-0-1 with a 1.19 goals-against average and three shutouts in five starts against Los Angeles.

The Coyotes are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, Sheldon Keefe's first game as Toronto coach.


Players to watch

Kings forward Tyler Toffoli had two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

Coyotes forward Conor Garland had a goal and an assist against the Kings on Monday and has three goals in his past five games.


They said it

"I think we can (get back in the playoff race). I don't really care what other people think. We can be more competitive than we've shown. We're in so many games that we'd lost earlier in the season. You can see how much we've grown over the first 20 games." -- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty

"A short practice (Friday) and tried to get our energy level back. At the end of the day, we're a good hockey club if we play to our identity. If we don't, that (loss to the Maple Leafs) is the stuff you'll see. We've got to be careful not to throw these types of games out there again." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Carl Grundstrom -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner 

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Nikolai Prokhorkin 

Sean Walker -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Alec Martinez

Joakim Ryan -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell 

Scratched: Ilya Kovalchuk, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Trevor Lewis (lower body), Derek Forbort (back)


Coyotes projected lineup

Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz -- Conor Garland

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Phil Kessel

Barrett Hayton -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller 

Christian Fischer -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Aaron Ness -- Jordan Oesterle

Antti Raanta 

Darcy Kuemper 

Scratched: Michael Grabner, Ilya Lyubushkin, Eric Comrie

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)


Status report

Grabner is 'getting better,' according to Tocchet, and remains day to day. He didn't play Thursday. … Lewis, placed on injured reserve on Nov. 11, skated Friday. … The Kings assigned forward Matt Luff to Ontario of the American Hockey League. Luff played 10:55 against the Coyotes on Monday.


Stat pack

Dvorak will play in his 200th NHL game. … The Coyotes are 4-1-1 against the Pacific Division. … Kopitar has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past eight games. … Doughty has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past four games.

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