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Phoenix Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings - Game #81 Preview - TWO TWO TWO Games Left!

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Crazy Monkey, who had been starting on Shane Doan's back the past 23 games has been placed on waivers. Detroit Red Wings might be interested.
Crazy Monkey, who had been starting on Shane Doan's back the past 23 games has been placed on waivers. Detroit Red Wings might be interested.

It's our next to last game of the regular season and rather than wrapping things up and thinking about what to build up for next year, we're looking at how these games effect our possible playoff opposition. That's just a great feeling to be looking at the present rather than the future of the team. Sure We're all concerned about the of the ice crap, but we get at least a couple more weeks of Coyotes hockey and hopefully more. 

One thing that should hopefully help us out tonight and into the playoffs is that the monkey on Shane Doan's back is hopefully gone. He finally scored a goal after a 23 game drought and man did it feel good for him and for the crowd last night. We can only hope that he goes on a tear from that. While last night was far from perfect we really truned it on and need to keep that 3rd period intensity we had for the whole game against the Kings

If not, the Kings could leapfrog over both Nashville and Detroit to become the 5th seed and our playoff opponent with a W. As it stands right now they'd get the Sharks in a 2-7 matchup. While we've played well this year, you have to believe that they'd prefer to play us in the first round rather than the Sharks. They've won 3 of the 5 meetings this year, but we haven't seen each other since December. They have yet to see Stempniak or Wolski with our team so there's at least a small weakness there to exploit. 

Starting Goalies:


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jason LaBarbera 16 863 7 5 31 2.16 435 404 .929 0

As is usual LaBarbera gets the second half of the back-to-back games and gives Bryzgalov a break until Saturday. Jason has been solid in goal even if he hasn't managed all the Ws. a 2.16 GAA and a .929 sv% is nothing to scoff at for a backup. 


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jonathan Quick 70 4129 39 24 175 2.54 1884 1709 .907 4

Currently embroiled in a bit of a goalie controversy, Quick has played well, but is getting pushed by Erik Ersberg for the starting position. One would think that would be the case for an Olympic goalie, but he's found himself there not so much because of his poor play, but decent play from Ersberg and Jonathan Bernier looking spectacular in his recent games.

Key Players


Keith Yandle

#3 / Defenseman / Phoenix Coyotes

6-2

195

Sep 09, 1986


With 2 assists in each of the last two games he's really starting to look like a playmaking defenseman.


Justin Williams

#14 / Right Wing / Los Angeles Kings

6-1

193

Oct 04, 1981


A goal and an assist in the last game against the Ducks, and also I don't care enough to pick someone else. 

The Infirmary


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kurt Sauer head 10/07/2009
Scottie Upshall knee 01/29/2010


Los Angeles Kings Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jeff Halpern other-excused 04/08/2010