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Los Angeles eyes fourth consecutive win; Arizona 12-5-2 in past 19 games

by Alan Robinson / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

KINGS (8-11-1) at COYOTES (12-7-2)

9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-A PLUS, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Los Angeles Kings go for their fourth straight win when they play the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Monday.

The Kings are 4-2-1 in their past seven games after starting the season 4-9-1. Goalie Jack Campbell , who is 2-1-1 with a 2.46 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in four games against Arizona, starts for Los Angeles.

The Coyotes have won three of four (3-1-0) and are 12-5-2 in their past 19 games. They have 26 points after 21 games compared to 20 last season and nine in 2017-18.

Goalie Antti Raanta starts for Arizona. He's 3-0-1 with a 1.48 GAA and .946 save percentage in four starts against Los Angeles.

 

Players to watch

Kings center Anze Kopitar has nine points (three goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak.

Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse is coming off his first multipoint game of the season (one goal, one assist) in a 3-0 win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

 

They said it

"We're getting a little more stamina in our game, our engines are running a little bit longer, we're a little bit calmer in pressure situations. We're willing to give up offense, which sounds strange for our team, at the right time to get the right people on the ice." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"(The Kings) have won three in a row and they're almost back in the race. They're playing young guys and they've still got some high-end guys up front. It's a dangerous team." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Jeff Carter -- Michael Amadio -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Matt Luff

Sean Walker -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Alec Martinez

Matt Roy -- Kurtis MacDermid

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Ilya Kovalchuk, Carl Grundstrom, Joakim Ryan

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

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Phil Kessel

Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz -- Conor Garland

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Aaron Ness -- Jordan Oesterle

Antti Raanta

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Ilya Lyubushkin, Barrett Hayton

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)

 

Status report

Kovalchuk took part in the morning skate but will be scratched for a fourth consecutive game.

 

Stat pack

Iafallo has five points (one goal, four assists) in a four-game point streak. … Doughty has scored 10 goals against Arizona, his second-most against any opponent (12 against the Edmonton Oilers). … Hinostroza will play in his 200th NHL game.

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