KINGS (30-18-6) at COYOTES (24-18-10)
6:00PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 1150
DESERT DESSERT: Tonight marks the third of five meetings with the Phoenix Coyotes this season. The Kings split their first two bouts with the Coyotes this season, winning 7-4 at STAPLES Center on October 24, and falling 3-1 at Jobing.com Arena on October 29. The Kings, who snapped their five-game losing streak with a 1-0 win last night in San Jose, could certainly use another two points tonight in the Arizona desert.
PAYOFF AT JOBING: The Kings have gone 2-3-2 in regular season matchups against the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona at Jobing.com Arena over the course of the past three seasons. If you include postseason matchups, the Kings have the upper hand with a 5-3-2 record. The Coyotes begin a five-game home stand tonight against the Kings at Jobing.com Arena, where they’ve gone 14-8-3 this season. Can the Kings spoil the Coyotes’ homecoming tonight with their second straight win?
THE LAST TIME WE WERE THERE: The Kings, after scoring seven goals on the Coyotes on October 24 at STAPLES Center, visited the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona four days later. This time around, the Kings’ offense wasn’t as dynamic.
Jarret Stoll scored the lone goal for the Kings in their 3-1 loss on October 29, whistling home a slap-shot in garbage time to steal the shutout from Phoenix’s Mike Smith with 3:21 left in the third period.
Stoll has just one point (1A) in the Kings’ previous nine games. Can he get off the scoring schneid and find the net at Jobing.com Arena tonight?
STRUGGLES AND FIGHT: The Coyotes are having a more difficult month of January than the Kings are, going 4-8-1 in 13 games played. The Kings are 5-6-2 in 13 games played. Phoenix, though, is just four points out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot, and will be pouncing at the bit tonight in home territory. Can the Kings fend Phoenix off in an effort to recover from their recent five-game losing streak?
ONE AND HOME: After tonight’s contest in Glendale, Arizona, the Kings will travel back to Los Angeles for their first game at STAPLES Center since January 13. Since their last game on the corner of Figueroa St. and Chick Hearn Blvd., the Kings have gone 2-4-1. The Kings are slated for a four-game home stand prior to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, when the NHL will take a three-week stoppage in play in respects to the players heading to Russia for the Olympics.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE on FOX SPORTS WEST at 5:30 PT, followed with Bob and Jim on scene at Jobing.com Arena for the live play-by-play call for puck-drop at 6:00.