The Arizona Coyotes look to their old rival the Los Angeles Kings in the second half of a back to back. Can they capitalize on a tired Kings squad and the progress they have been showing?
View from Arizona
The Coyotes are coming off of a 1-0 shut-out win from last night and are picking up steam. The young players are starting to pick up where the veterans have slowed down. The play of Christian Dvorak, Jakob Chychrun and Brendan Perlini continues to get better and better with each game.
The Coyotes will most likely have Louis Domingue playing tonight against the Kings. If they can give him the same support and some confidence they gave Mike Smith last night, they may be able to pull out a win.
Keep an eye out during warm-ups tonight and make sure another truck on truck collision doesn’t happen between Jakob Chychrun and Shane Doan. Two big boys hitting each other hard last night was enough to send everyone wondering if Doan had a concussion. (He returned midway through the first period and played the rest of the game).
View from Los Angeles
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The Kings are in a bit of an awkward situation. They are currently 5th in the Pacific, 10 points out of third place in the Pacific, five points out of a wild card spot, and they just lost to the St. Louis Blues. They are also 5-3-2 in their last 10 games.
The Kings are having issues scoring goals again and their goalies can’t seem to stop goals. Ben Bishop was brought over to help shore up the Kings goaltending. The last time Bishop played the Coyotes when he was with Tampa Bay, he let in 5 goals on 17 shots.
Jarome Iginla has finally scored with the Kings, but will he continue to produce points against the Coyotes tonight?
- Can kids stay strong? - The rookies are heating up and are staying hot. Perlini has scored 3 goals in the last 3 games, can he stay hot?
- Will Domingue be able to back the team with saves? - Louis Domingue has had a tough season this year. He was bounced back during the game in Carolina, can he continue his strong starts?
- Will the rivalry show its head tonight? - Hopefully no, but you know how Coyotes and Kings games go.
Players to Watch
Los Angeles- Jeff Carter- Jeff Carter is a Coyotes killer and he also is the only person who has been scoring for the Kings lately. The team lives and dies by how well Jeff Carter is player.
Arizona - Brendan Perlini- He has scored 3 goals in 3 games. Can he stay hot? Let’s hope so. Many people weren’t sure if he would be able to play in the NHL this season, with 13 goals in the NHL and 14 in the AHL, I think he’ll be just fine.
Los Angeles is missing Nick Shore (upper-body) and Jordan Nolan (leg) with day-to-day injuries. Matt Greene has been placed on IR for his back and has been out for a month currently.
Arizona is without Brad Richardson, Alexander Burmistrov, and Kevin Connauton indefinitely while dealing with various injuries.
Tonight’s game begins at 7:30 PM Arizona time. You can watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona or listen on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.