Arizona Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings
When and Where: Tuesday, Dec. 4, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif., 10:35 p.m. EST.
Hill gets NHL weekly honors after three wins and shutout
Arizona (12-11-2) has been riding the hot play of Hill as it bids for a fourth consecutive victory. The 22-year-old, called up due to an injury to Darcy Kuemper, picked up a win in relief of Antti Raanta before blanking Nashville and turning aside 25 shots in a 6-1 romp over St. Louis on Saturday night.
Hill was named NHL Second Star of the Week after posting a 0.43 goals-against average and .983 save percentage in seven periods of work.
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet did not officially commit to Hill as a starter for this game, but with Raanta having his first full practice Monday since suffering a lower-body injury Wednsday night, Hill will likely be between the pipes.
Offensively, Arizona recorded its most goals since scoring a season-high seven in a rout of Tampa Bay on Oct. 27. Richard Panik had a goal and an assist in a four-goal second period against the Blues — ending an eight-game run without a point — while Derek Stepan had two helpers in that outburst.
Clayton Keller had a season high with three points, notching a goal and two assists, and leads the Coyotes with eight goals and 18 points. Keller, though, had only one goal in the four matchups with Los Angeles last season as a rookie.
Quick finally gets win as Kings look to begin climb out of Pacific cellar
After missing 13 games due to a knee injury, Quick came back Thursday night at Edmonton and stopped 31 shots in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton. He looked like the Quick of old against Carolina on Sunday, turning aside 34 shots in a 2-0 victory for his first win of the season and his 50th career shutout.
Quick became the 30th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 50-shutout milestone — he is also the leader among American-born goaltenders — and also moved six wins shy of 300. Alec Martinez made sure Quick’s work would be rewarded, snapping a scoreless deadlock with 2:13 to play before Kyle Clifford added an empty-netter.
“If anything, you wanted to do it for Quickie because Jonathan Quick was simply outstanding,” Martinez told The Associated Press. “I’ve seen that guy play a lot of really good hockey, and that game was certainly up there. If for nothing else, do it for him.”
Quick did not face the Coyotes last season and is 18-17-4 with a 2.55 goals-against average and six shutouts lifetime versus Arizona.
Offense is still a concern for Los Angeles with a league-low 57 goals, and it became magnified Monday when Ilya Kovalchuk was put on IR after undergoing an ankle procedure. He has five goals and 14 points in 25 games but failed to register a point in his previous 11 as interim coach Willie Desjardins reduced his ice time.
To fill Kovalchuk’s roster spot, the Kings claimed Brendan Leipsic off waivers from Vancouver on Monday. He had two goals and three assists in 17 games for the Canucks and totaled five goals and 17 assists in 58 games with Vegas and Vancouver last season.
The Kings are:
- 3-10 in their last 13 games vs. Pacific Division teams.
- 1-4 in their last five in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- 5-16 in their last 21 games vs. Western Conference teams.
- The under is 5-1 in their last six games vs. sub-.500 teams.
- The under is 15-5-1 in their last 21 games vs. Pacific Division teams.
- The under is 7-3-2 in their last 12 games after allowing two or fewer goals in their previous game.
The Coyotes are:
- 8-1 in their last nine games after scoring five or more goals in their previous game.
- 5-2 in their last seven home games vs. the Kings.
- 5-2 in their last seven games vs. the Kings.
- The under is 5-1 in their last six games vs. Pacific Division teams.
- The under is 11-2 in their last 13 games when their opponent scores two or fewer goals in the previous game.
- The under is 15-5-1 in their last 21 games when scoring five or more goals in the previous game