Kings-Coyotes Game Preview: copy/paste

The game so nice, they played it twice.

Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes (Staples Center)

Time: 7.30 PM

TV: Fox Sports West

Seats: Los Angeles Kings tickets

Enemy reading: Five for Howling

Coyotes (projected) lineup:




Injured: Michalek (upper body), Vrbata (foot)

Kings (projected) lineup):




Injured: Greene (back), Mitchell (knee)

Game notes:

(brief & superficial because I have a filing deadline - sorry)

  • As Eric noted in his recap, the Kings didn't exactly kill the Coyotes last night. Phoenix pressed hard and played decently for stretches - they deserved better than a 4-0 score, but haha too bad.
  • I just threw up the lines the Coyotes used last night, but I would expect Dave Tippett to switch things up a bit, and maybe unleash Rob Klinkhammer from the pressbox.
  • Tyler Toffoli scored last night, which was nice but also a little bit expected, given the kinds of looks he got the previous game against San Jose. What I thought was also noteworthy is that Jake Muzzin got a goal last night too. His scoring rate is pretty unsustainable, but what a nice shot from the kid.
  • The power play is, in the words of a bro I know, totally crushing it right now. After a miserable start to the season, the PP is now at 22.9%, climbing from 29th or 28th or something terrible, to 9th in the League. The penalty kill...well. It misses Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell, is all I'll say about that.
  • Drew Doughty can't buy a goal but at least he can do this.
  • Jonathan Quick had a couple of little mishaps and adventures last night, but locked it down on most of the Coyotes' prime scoring chances. It was nice to see, but still, it's a back-to-back, and I hope Jonathan Bernier's starting tonight.
  • After last night, I'm with the Jeff Carter needs to stop passing crowd. Dustin Penner back to the second line, Toffoli to the third, Dwight King to the fourth? Discuss.
  • Go Kings Go