Kings-Coyotes Preview

The Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes know each other

rather well after meeting in last season’s Western Conference


The Pacific Division rivals about to become even more familiar

with each other.

The Kings look to keep rolling by continuing their dominance of

the Coyotes in the first of three meetings over the next week

Tuesday night.

Los Angeles (14-8-2) ousted Phoenix in five games of the

conference finals last spring, clinching the series with a 4-3

overtime win in the desert before going on to win its first Stanley


The Kings beat the Coyotes 4-2 on the road again Jan. 26,

improving to 11-2-2 over the past 15 meetings – including the

playoffs and a 6-0-2 record at Phoenix.

Now, they’ll have plenty of chances to keep that success going.

After visiting Arena, Los Angeles will have a

home-and-home set with San Jose before hosting the Coyotes next

Monday and Tuesday.

“The schedule is hard, (so) you’ve got to find different ways to

hang in there,” coach Darryl Sutter said. “The schedule does win

and lose games for teams.”

So far, it’s working out pretty well for Los Angeles, which has

won 11 of 14 games after winning 6-2 on Saturday and 3-1 two days

later over Calgary.

“When you win the Cup, you have a confidence in your group,

because you’ve been there,” said captain Dustin Brown, who had two

goals Monday. “It’s just a matter of getting to work every day and

doing things right, and we’ve been doing it lately.”

Brown has three goals and six assists in the past seven road

meetings with the Coyotes, setting up one of Anze Kopitar’s two

goals Jan. 26.

Kopitar, who leads Los Angeles with 22 points, has six goals and

13 assists in his last 13 overall visits to Phoenix.

Jonathan Quick may be back in net after stopping 40 of 43 shots

to win both games against the Flames. He’s 10-2-2 with a 1.80

goals-against average and three shutouts in his past 14 games

versus the Coyotes.

Phoenix, one point out of playoff position, is trying to cap a

three-game homestand with back-to-back victories after beating

Dallas 2-1 on Saturday.

“It’s been a while since we played a game like that,” said Mike

Smith, who had 20 saves. “Any win is nice, but it was nice to do it

the right way like we always talk about.”

It’s also nice for the Coyotes to have captain Shane Doan

finding the net with regularity. The right wing has scored half of

his team-leading eight goals in the past six games.

Doan scored in the latest meeting with the Kings, giving him

three goals in the two most recent regular-season games – both at


He has six goals and four assists at home this season, tallying

once in four of the past five games and each of the last three.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has two assists in 16 career matchups with

the Kings, but enters this one with nine in 10 games after

assisting on Doan’s goal Saturday.