Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 13 @ Phoenix
October 29, 2013
7pm PST (10pm EST)
For the second time in six days, the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix will meet – this time at Glendale’s Jobing.com Arena where the silver-and-black look to make it two-straight wins against their rivals from the desert.
When these two clubs met last Wednesday at Staples Center, it was Los Angeles’s highest offensive output of the season so far as they scored seven goals against the Coyotes and en route, even chased netminder Mike Smith who, like teammate Shane Doan, is prominent everywhere but Los Angeles.
En route to Los Angeles’s 7-4 win over the Desert Dogs last week, Dwight King notched his first-career hat trick and Mike Richards, whose been hot as of late, scored the game-winner.
Speaking of Richards and his hot streak, he enters Tuesday on a three-game point streak along with Jeff Carter. Conversely, Phoenix has a few weapons of their own on respective hot streaks. Defenseman Keith Yandle and forward Radim Vrbata each have three-game point streaks entering Tuesday night’s battle. While they are both coming off three-point nights on Saturday, so is Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Martin Hanzal is also playing very well having scored three goals in his last two games. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, it was just announced that Hanzal has been suspended for two games after a hit to the head to Edmonton’s Jeff Petry on Saturday. So, unless Hanzal and the Coyotes will appeal the suspension, the big man will not be in the lineup to face the Kings on Tuesday.
In terms of injuries, Jeff Halpern is day-to-day so it should be a game-time decision as to whether or not he will suit up.
While this is the second meeting between the Kings and Coyotes in less than a week, Tuesday night will mark the last two these rivals will square off until January 14. So, let’s enjoy this one as much as we can.
Enjoy the game!