Game Preview – Kings vs Coyotes

Posted on February 16, 2012 by

We play Phoenix tonight and they are right on our tail with just a mere two points between us. If we lose tonight, we move to 8th place and Phoenix takes our established 7th place in the Western Conference. Phoenix Coyotes have climbed into eighth place in the West with a one-point lead in  the final playoff spot. Remember last season? Yup, here we go again. All of us bunched up with just a point or two between us and probably tied up until the end of the season.

We hoped when this season started we would not have to go through it again. With the news that Nash is on the market and LA is in the running for him, well, its never been more obvious that we need that missing goal scoring piece now. No time to wait until after the season. I know DL is trying on this one. Hopefully he can complete it sooner rather than later. I’m also good with Carter. In many ways, I may actually like the Carter trade rumors to LA better than Nash. Goal scorer with less salary would not have us give away as much as if it were Nash. And you know the poor fool is going to dive on goals scored as soon as the Kings get ahold of him…that wasn’t nice of me.

A few notes:

  • Phoenix has won 5 of their last 6
  • Mike Smith will play in goal for the Coyotes
  • Kings are 3-0-1 vs Coyotes this season
  • Kings have a 68% chance of making the playoffs as of noon pst.
  • Gagne and Stoll both skated today in a no-contact practice

Changes in lineup: Drewiski in for Martinez. Penner and Hunter healthy scratches so Westy will play tonight.

Kings Lineup

# 23 Brown– # 11 Kopitar –  # 14 Williams

#Nolan– # 10 Richards – # King

# 13 Clifford –  # 48 Loktionov – # 22 Lewis

# 15 Richardson  – # 24 Fraser – # Westgarth

# 7 Scuderi – # 8 Doughty

# 33 Mitchell – # 3 Johnson

# 44 Drewiski –# 22 Greene

# 32 Quick

# 45 Bernier

Phoenix Coyotes
#28 Lauri Korpikoski – #15 Boyd Gordon – #19 Shane Doan
#13 Ray Whitney – #11 Martin Hanzal – #17 Radim Vrbata
#14 Taylor Pyatt – #22 Daymond Langkow – #89 Mikkel Boedker
#37 Raffi Torres – #8 Gilbert Brule – #24 Kyle Chipchura

#3 Keith Yandle – #33 Adrian Aucoin
#16 Rostislav Klesla – #23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson
#20 Chris Summers – #32 Michal Rozsival

#41 Mike Smith
#1 Jason LaBarbera

Kings 3-2

Go Kings Go!

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