Game Day: Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes
In the first of two meetings between the Kings and the Coyotes in October, one team is looking to build a three-game winning streak while the other is looking to rebound from a paltry showing that saw them outshot 35-16 against the Chicago Blackhawks and outscored 5-2. In the "probably bad news" category, however, the last time the Coyotes managed this little offense was against Los Angeles.
The Kings have three consecutive wins against the Coyotes and are looking to come out of tonight's game in similar fashion, while Phoenix is trying to move past Tuesday's performance with the knowledge that a big win is needed tonight.
Quick Hits: Kings
♦ Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick is looking for his 100th career win. He currently sports the second-best goals-against average at 1.20, tops in save-percentage (.960) and is 18-4-3 in his career in October.
♦ Simon Gagne recorded two goals and one assist in the Kings' 5-0 win against St. Louis. He has points in four straight games.
♦ Leading the Kings offensively thus far this season is Anze Kopitar, who hasn't missed a game to make his mark in, recording 4 goals and 5 assists in 5 games. He is currently second in the NHL in points.
♦ Justin Williams is the other member of the Kings who has points in all his team's games this season.
Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Shane Doan is still one goal from 300. He and linemates Daymond Langkow and Ray Whitney have combined for 16 points in 5 games.
♦ Mike Smith has played six games against Los Angeles, going 5-1-0 and recording a 1.50 goals-against average.
♦ Paul Bissonnette had seven hits last game alone. Boyd Gordon took over the shot-block lead and now has 12.
♦ Riding a three-game point streak is Taylor Pyatt, who has 22 points in 26 games against Los Angeles.