Howl-o-Ween Game Day: Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes

Yesterday the Phoenix Coyotes acquired centre Cal O’Reilly from the Nashville Predators for a fourth-round pick in 2012. The trade is conditional upon him passing a physical, but it's likely he will make his debut Wednesday as the Coyotes face the Avalanche.

The trade comes in the middle of lots of buzz surrounding the status of another centre, Kyle Turris, and his prolonged holdout that Phoenix general manager Don Maloney has stated publicly will not end in a trade.  Though the hopeful among Coyotes' camp are thinking maybe this trade will cause some movement in that department.

The Los Angeles Kings are back at Arena tonight, after having included an all too recent 2-0 shutout of the Coyotes in their 6-2-1 record.  To call them stingy is an understatement, as the Oilers and the formerly undefeated Capitals are the only other teams in the league to allow only 16 goals through the first ten games.  Positive news, however: in Phoenix's 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, they peppered the opposition with 42 shots on goal. 

Quick Hits (no pun intended): Kings
♦  Mike Richards has seven points in his last six games, including three in the last game against Dallas. Dustin Brown has six points in his last five games, and Anze Kopitar still leads with twelve points in nine games this season.  The three combined for the first goal against the Coyotes on October 20th.
♦ Netminder Jonathan Quick, after picking up his 100th career win against the Coyotes, can find his name as either the leader or runner-up in goals-against average (1.12), save-percentage (.962), shutouts (3), and wins (6).
Matt Greene and Ethan Moreau have combined for 52 hits in only 9 games. Ouch.

Quick Hits: Coyotes
Shane Doan and Ray Whitney each have ten points in nine games.
♦ In addition to his two goals, two assists in his last 3 games, Martin Hanzal also leads the Coyotes with 26 hits. (Now if only they could clone him.)
Lauri Korpikoski had 6 shots on goal the last time these two teams faced off, picking up third-star honours in the defeat.
♦ Oliver Ekman-Larsson has three goals on 10 shots this season.

And if perchance you're shopping for Halloween candy for these guys (especially if they pull out a win tonight), make sure you've got lots of chocolate.