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Preview: Kings at Coyotes

Preview: Los Angeles at Phoenix
When: 9:00 PM       ET, Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Where: Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, Arizona
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THE STORY: Failing to score has been a reoccurring issue this season for the Los  Angeles Kings. Their recent rut has dropped them out the top eight spots in the Western Conference. The Kings get an opportunity to make up some ground on one of the teams they’re chasing when they travel to face the streaking Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday. Los Angeles is 3-1-1 in five  meetings this season, but Phoenix is unbeaten in five straight at home.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS West (Kings), FS Arizona Plus (Coyotes)

ABOUT THE KINGS (27-21-11):
It’s easy to see why the Kings have only two wins in their past eight games. They have managed three goals in  the six losses, including shutouts their two previous games. “The last  couple years, we’ve been battling for a playoff spot,” captain Dustin  Brown said. “As frustrating as these last two games have been,  offensively, we’ve got to refocus.” Goaltender Jonathan Quick has done  his part against the Coyotes, stopping 42 of 43 shots in the last two  meetings.

ABOUT THE COYOTES (29-21-9): While the Kings are headed in the wrong direction, the Coyotes are on an uptick, going  7-0-1 in February. Phoenix has grabbed 17 of a possible 20 points coming in, the main reason the club has jumped to seventh in the West – two  points in front of Calgary and Los Angeles. Forward Radim Vrbata has  been red-hot. He has five goals and four assists the past eight games,  including four game-winners, en route to a career-best 28 tallies.

OVERTIME:

1. Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is unbeaten in his last seven starts while posting a minuscule 0.99 goals against average.

2. The Kings average 2.03 goals, last in the NHL.

PREDICTION: Coyotes 3, Kings 2 (OT)

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Phoenix 1 Coyotes – Los Angeles Kings 0 Staples Center

COYOTES 1, KINGS 0:
Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:30 PM

Mike Smith recorded his second straight shutout by turning aside all 28 shots he faced and Radim Vrbata matched a career high with his 27th goal of the season as the Phoenix Coyotes  edged the Los Angeles Kings in a physical battle at the Staples Center.

With the victory, the Coyotes improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games and pulled even with the Kings for seventh place in the Western Conference. The pair is just four points behind the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks.

The NHL’s First Star of the Week, Smith responded from his 38-save effort in a shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks by handcuffing the Kings.

Smith secured his fourth blanking of the season and 15th career by stopping 11 shots in the first period, eight in the second and nine in the third. Smith also improved to 7-2-1 in his career versus Los Angeles.

Vrbata finally broke through after Kings defenseman Jack Johnson was serving a delay of game penalty.

With 4:01 left in the second period, Vrbata accepted a cross-ice feed from Ray Whitney and wired a shot from the right faceoff circle past All-Star Jonathan Quick. The tally was Vrbata’s fifth in nine contests.

Quick finished with 20 saves for the Kings, who fell to 2-4-1 in their last seven games.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The teams waged a physical battle in the first period, with three fights and two roughing penalties to highlight a scoreless session. … Whitney, who saw his eight-game point streak come to an end in the team’s last contest, had an assist on Vrbata’s goal.

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