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Kings-Coyotes Preview @NHL

Two of the NHL's worst teams are suddenly gaining some momentum.

The Los Angeles Kings (9-13-4) look to win three straight for the first time this season Thursday when they face the Phoenix Coyotes (8-15-0) at Arena.

Los Angeles and Phoenix are in fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the Pacific Division. But the Kings have won two straight and Phoenix is 4-3-0 since Nov. 14.

One of the Coyotes' losses in that span was against the Kings on Nov. 18, when Craig Conroy scored two goals to lead Los Angeles to a 5-3 win at home.

The Kings are 2-1-1 against the Coyotes this season. They have a chance to win three straight overall for the first time since Feb. 12-March 7, when they had a five-game winning streak.

Michael Cammalleri and Lubomir Visnovsky scored during regulation, and Los Angeles got shootout goals from Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov to beat New Jersey 3-2 on Monday.

The Kings, coming off a 3-1 victory Saturday over Calgary, have won consecutive games for the first time since beating St. Louis and the New York Islanders the first week of the season.

"This was just what we needed," Los Angeles goaltender Mathieu Garon said. "Getting two wins in a row is huge for us."

Kopitar also assisted on Cammalleri's goal for his 23rd point, tops among NHL rookies. He has two goals and two assists in three games against Phoenix.

The Coyotes have gone 5-6-0 since signing Yanic Perreault.

The 35-year-old center broke a tie late in the second period Saturday to lead Phoenix to a 2-1 victory at St. Louis. Perreault has been on a tear since signing with the Coyotes on Oct. 29. His goal against the Blues was his seventh in the past eight games, and 11th overall with Phoenix.

Perreault, who is also among the league's best at winning face-offs, scored six times in five consecutive games before going without a goal in his past two contests.

"He's been a savior for us," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "He's been really good. He's been a nice addition for our team. Every now and then, you get the right guy and we got lucky that he was available and he came to us. He's fit in nicely."

Perreault finished with 22 goals and 35 assists for a career-high 57 points in 69 games last season for Nashville, and had 217 goals and 464 points in 740 games in 12 NHL seasons before joining the Coyotes.

Perreault had a goal in Phoenix's last meeting with Los Angeles.

Phoenix traded minor league forward Tyson Nash and a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft to Toronto for backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Tellqvist will back up Curtis Joseph. Tellqvist, who went 16-16-2 with a 3.01 goals-against average in parts of three seasons with Toronto, played in one game with the Maple Leafs this season - a 2-1 loss Nov. 18 to New Jersey.

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