The reeling Kings were throttled in their last game by a streaking Coyotes team that has won three in a row.
The Coyotes are playing well winners of three in a row and six of their last seven games. They are now in fourth place in the West Division 13 points out of first place and nine points clear of the Kings. Arizona only ranks 21st in the league averaging 2.67 goals per game but in their three-game win streak they have totaled 12 goals.
It looks as if the reeling Kings will miss the playoffs again, as they are in second to last place in the West five points out of the basement. They have lost three in a row and six of their last seven games and they have only totaled four goals in their last three games. The offense has been the main issue in La La Land for a club that is only averaging 2.68 goals per game.
Jumping On RoyaltyIn their last game the Coyotes were on the road and jumped on the Kings early scoring three goals in the first period in the 5-2 win. Michael Bunting came into the game with one goal but had a hat trick and Derick Brassard and Christian Dvorak also scored.
Arizona found the back of the net in three of their six power play chances.Adin Hill (7-4-1 2.66 GAA) stopped 36 of 38 shots in the win and the Coyotes have won his last three starts where he gave up three goals in each. He will likely get the start in this game, as Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta are both still on IR.
The Coyotes have a balanced attack with five players that have double digits in goals led by Phil Kessel (15 goals), who has four goals and one assist in his last five games. Conor Garland (10 goals 20 assists) leads the club with 30 points, and he has three assists in his last two games and had two in the last game against the Kings. The Coyotes are 9-7-2 on the season on the road.
Not a Good Start, To Say the LeastIn the 5-2 loss to the Coyotes in the last game the Kings got off to a terrible start, as they were in a 3-0 hole 7:28 into the first period. Drew Doughty and Andreas Athanasiou each scored their eighth goal of the season in the loss, which was the second straight for the Kings where they scored two goals. Calvin Peterson (7-9-4 2.57 GAA) gave up four goals in the loss and he had only given up two goals each of his previous two starts. Longtime L.A. netminder Jonathan Quick (6-8-2 2.99 GAA) may get the call in this game and the Kings have lost his last four starts.
Dustin Brown is one of only two players that have scored in double figures in goals with 15 and he only has one goal in his last seven games. Adrian Kempe has 12 goals on the season and he had an assist in the last game after failing to register a point in four straight games. Anze Kopitar leads the club with 41 points (8 goals 32 assists) and he has three assists in his last four games. On the season L.A. is 6-7-4 at home.
The L.A. Kinga are:
- 1-6 in their last 7 overall
- 0-5 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record
- 1-4 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
The Arizona Coyotes are:
- 6-1 in their last 7 overall
- 4-1 in their last 5 road games
- 6-0 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record