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The Los Angeles Kings have lost four in a row on the road, but have to feel good about their chances on Saturday night.

The Kings return to the site of their only road win this season when they visit the lowly Phoenix Coyotes at Arena.

Los Angeles (4-8-3) is just 1-5-0 on the road, and has been outscored 14-4 during its skid. It has converted just 1 of 26 power plays, and has held a lead for only 3:37 in those four games.

Despite their road woes, the Kings recorded their only shutout of the season with a 4-0 victory over the Coyotes (3-10-0) on Oct. 19 at Arena. Mike Cammalleri had a goal and an assist as the Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Cammalleri scored his team-high sixth goal in the Kings' 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. His goal came just 25 seconds into the game, but the Penguins tied it up 50 seconds later.

"We did some simple things tonight that were wrong and it cost us in the end," Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford said. "We're still growing as a team. There isn't any fault in the effort, the effort was definitely there."

Goaltender Dan Cloutier made 19 saves to fall to 1-6-2 with a 3.48 goals-against average this season.

Backup goalie Mathieu Garon started against Phoenix last month, and stopped 40 shots to record his ninth career shutout.

Garon is 3-2-1 with a 1.82 GAA and two shutouts in his career against the Coyotes, while Cloutier is 8-2 with two ties and a 2.25 GAA lifetime against them.

With a 6-2 loss to Anaheim on Friday, Phoenix is now the league's worst team with just six points.

"Every loss is a tough loss, but this is discouraging because I think we played as badly as the score indicated," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "It's not fun. It's disheartening. When your expectations of this group were much higher than they are right now, it's really frustrating."

The Coyotes are 18 points behind the Pacific Division-leading Ducks.

Phoenix has been outscored 13-5 in its last two games, and has allowed a first-period goal in each of its first 13 games.

"I really don't have enough time to tell you," Jeremy Roenick said when asked what the Coyotes' biggest problem has been. "I mean, we can go with injuries to lack of discipline, to stupidity, to special teams, to goaltending, right on down the line. It's awful.

"One bad thing leads to another and the ship just sinks so quick. It's ridiculous."

One potential bright spot for Phoenix, has been the play of goalie Curtis Joseph against the Kings.

Joseph has won his last seven starts against them, going 22-9 with five ties and a 2.24 GAA in his career. He also has five career shutouts versus Los Angeles.

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