Since we last met the Phoenix Coyotes…
IN: After the departure of Bryzgalov the goalie philosopher clown, the Coyotes turned to ex-Bolt Mike Smith as the answer in net. He's still getting into a groove, but it should help that he has a prior connection with Dave Tippett. Daymond Langkow (aaagh!), Boyd Gordon, and Raffi Torres (bleh!) are additions at forward.
SCRATCHED: Patrick O’Sullivan. Who knows WTF Kyle Turris is doing.
Probable Coyotes lineup:
Last time out, the Kings finally broke the four-goal barrier: wasn't that fun? Though the score stood at 1-0 well into the second, they were able to pounce on a tired, reeling Blues team in the end. This time out they won't get to play a team on their third game in four nights, though.
Phoenix is averaging more goals than the Kings (3 GF/G), but is also letting in far more (3 GA/G), which is a problem. Shane Doan and former 6th overall pick Oliver Ekman-Larsson are off to hot starts; Mike Smith is iffy, but has a good track record against LA.
Cautionary stat for the night: the last time Doughty was out, the Kings only played two teams who went on to make the playoffs -- Chicago and Phoenix -- and lost both of them. Division games always have a playoff feel. Let's hope for another all-out effort.