GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (10-11-8-1) at Los Angeles Kings (16-11-1-3).
TIME: Thursday, 10:30 p.m. EST.
Balanced scoring is a major reason why the Los Angeles Kings lead the
Los Angeles looks to continue employing its balanced attack against the
slumping Phoenix Coyotes at the Staples Center.
The Kings already boast 10 players with five or more goals, led by Zigmund
Palffy's 12. Jon Sim and Lubomir Visnovsky joined that list during the second
period of Tuesday's 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
The Ottawa Senators are the only other team that has at least 10 players
with five or more goals.
"That's sort of been the story of our season," Kings coach Andy Murray
said. "We have Ziggy (Palffy), and then a pile of guys with six or seven
goals. There's not a lot of disparity in our scoring."
The Kings won for just the ninth time this season when either Palffy or Luc
Robitaille didn't score Tuesday. Palffy failed to get a shot on net against
Edmonton's Tommy Salo after scoring six goals in his previous five games.
Los Angeles has won four in a row at the Staples Center.
The Coyotes are 1-2-2 over their last five games, including a 5-2 loss to
the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in the final game ever at America West Arena.
Rookie Fredrik Sjostrom and Brian Savage scored for Phoenix, which begins a
tough four-game road trip against Los Angeles, St. Louis, Nashville and
"We need to focus on the next four games," Phoenix captain Shane Doan
said. "On the last road trip, we had some success. We have got to find a way
to carry on to this road trip and make things happen."
The Coyotes return home to play Nashville on Dec. 27 in their first game at
brand new Glendale Arena. The $220 million, 17,799-seat building has been under
construction since April 2002.