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Coyotes close out homestand against rival Kings

by Mike G. Morreale
KINGS (3-1-1) at COYOTES (2-2-1)

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Season series:
The Pacific Division rivals split six games last season with the Kings scoring a 3-2 shootout victory in the final game between the teams on April 6. Michal Handzus scored in the first round for Los Angeles and Jarret Stoll connected in the second round. Radim Vrbata kept Phoenix alive with a second-round goal, but Kings goalie Jonathan Quick denied Lauri Korpikoski in the third to seal the deal.

Big story:
Quick continued his solid play between the pipes of late on Tuesday when he turned aside 27 shots for his 15th career shutout in a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Quick, now 18-4-3 in his career in the month of October, has stopped 119 of 124 shots in his four starts this season with a 1.25 goals-against average and .959 save percentage. The Kings are 2-0-1 since dropping a 4-2 decision to the Buffalo Sabres in Berlin, Germany.

Team Scope:

Kings: In the absence of Drew Doughty, who was placed on injured reserve Sunday with an upper-body injury, coach Terry Murray paired Jack Johnson with Rob Scuderi, call-up Slava Voynov with Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene with Alec Martinez against St. Louis. Mitchell led the team in ice time at 23:40, followed by Johnson (21:48). Voynov, who was recalled from the Kings' American Hockey League-affiliate in Manchester, logged 19:48 of ice time, was credited with three hits and finished with a plus-2 rating.

"(Voynov) makes good decisions with and without the puck," Murray told reporters after the game. "That's just the way he is. That's the game that he brings, and I'll let him go play. I have a lot of confidence that he will be under control and doing the right things out there."

Coyotes: The Coyotes will close out their three-game homestand against the Kings. On Tuesday, Phoenix had its two-game winning streak snapped following a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, who held a 36-15 advantage in shots. In their two regulation losses this season, the Coyotes have been outscored, 11-5.

Who's hot:
Shane Doan has recorded a point in four of five games this season (3 goals, 4 assists) and is ranked 10th in the league in scoring with 7 points. Doan has enjoyed his success on a line with Daymond Langkow and Ray Whitney. … Anze Kopitar, who centers Simon Gagne and Justin Williams, has opened the season with points in five straight games -- four of which are multi-point contests (4 goals, 5 assists).

Injury report:
Doughty was placed on the injured list Sunday after suffering an upper-body injury against the Flyers on Saturday. … Phoenix is without defenseman Michal Rozsival, who remains on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

Stat pack:
The Kopitar, Williams and Gagne line has combined to score nine of the Kings' 14 goals this season, including three in the victory over the Blues on Wednesday.

Puck drop:
Whitney, who has 3 goals and 5 points to open the season, is six goals shy of 350 for his career.

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