GAME: Los Angeles Kings (26-19-16-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-28-16-5).
TIME: Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to stay in playoff contention and extend the
Phoenix Coyotes' winless streak to 10 games when the teams wrap up their
home-and-home series in Phoenix.
Luc Robitaille scored the game-winner at 16:50 of the third period as the
Kings beat the Coyotes 3-2 on Tuesday. Robitaille became the 10th player in NHL
history with at least 650 goals, and the first left wing to do it.
``I wish I knew. I would have kept the puck. I feel so stupid now,'' said
Robitaille, whose 1,363 points are just six shy of Johnny Bucyk's league record
for left wings.
Derek Armstrong and Alexander Frolov also scored for the Kings, who won for
the first time in four games (1-2-1) to remain tied with St. Louis for the
eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Anson Carter, who came over in a trade from Washington on Monday, made his
debut for Los Angeles. Carter, who also played for the New York Rangers this
season, has struggled somewhat this season, posting just 15 goals and 12
``I didn't have my legs under me, that's for sure,'' Carter said. ``I think
the lack of rest showed. I just tried to play smart. (Andy Murray) is a really
well-prepared coach and the team is well-prepared out there, so I didn't want
to embarrass myself the first time out.''
Defenseman Aaron Miller played in his first game since Dec. 10 after missing
39 with a pinched nerve in his neck.
``It's great to have Aaron back in the lineup,'' Murray said. ``He's
obviously a force on the blue line, and his game should only get better with
The Coyotes have not won since beating Columbus 3-2 on Feb 20. They are
0-5-2-2 during their winless streak.
Goalie Brent Johnson, who was acquired from St. Louis on Thursday, made his
second straight start for Phoenix and finished with 34 saves. Johnson, who went
4-3-1 with a 2.43 goals-against average in 10 games with St. Louis this season,
has given up a total of four goals so far with Phoenix.
Phoenix winger Tyson Nash missed his second straight game with bruised ribs.
STANDINGS: Kings - 75 points, 3rd place, 8 PB, Pacific Division. Coyotes -
61 points, 5th place, 22 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Kings - Frolov, 21 goals; Jozef Stumpel, 26 assists;
Robitaille, 44 points; Sean Avery, 234 PIM. Coyotes - Ladislav Nagy, 24 goals;
Shane Doan, 40 assists and 63 points; Andrei Nazarov, 118 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 8): Kings - Power play: 13.9 percent (41 for
294), 27th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81 percent (235 for 290), 27th. Coyotes -
Power play: 15.1 percent (46 for 304), 22nd. Penalty killing: 82.1 percent (279
for 340), 24th.
GOALTENDERS: Kings - Cristobal Huet (8-9-10, 3 SO, 2.47 GAA); Milan Hnilicka
(0-1-0, 0, 3.75). Coyotes - Brian Boucher (9-15-8, 5, 2.73); Johnson (4-4-2, 1,
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2-1.
LAST MEETING: Tuesday; Kings, 3-2. At Phoenix, Huet finished with 17 saves
for the Kings. Doan and Mike Comrie scored for the Coyotes in the second
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Kings - 12-9-7-6 on the road; Coyotes - 10-15-6-3 at