This is the sixth and final meeting of the season between the Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings, so far, have two regulation wins, one overtime win, one regulation loss and one overtime loss. One near-constant has been close games between the two teams. Seven of the last eight games between the Kings and the Coyotes have been decided by one goal, and it would also be folly to expect a wide-open game tonight. The Kings’ offensive struggles have been well-chronicled, and even though the Coyotes are 6-0-1 in February, they have scored two or fewer goals in four of their last five games. Mike Smith has been a difference-maker in goal, as Smith has won seven consecutive starts and has allowed a total of four goals in his last six games. The Coyotes’ forward lineup is in a bit of flux. Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) is expected to play tonight, but the Coyotes are liklely to be without Taylor Pyatt and Kyle Chipchura, along with defensemen Rostislav Klesla and Derek Morris. The Coyotes today called up forward Alex Bolduc and defenseman David Rundblad, and Bolduc is expected to play tonight. For the latest on the Coyotes, check out the coverage from The Arizona Republic, followed by the possible lineups for the Kings and the Coyotes…

The Arizona Republic’s Coyotes coverage

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KINGS LINEUP
Jordan Nolan-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams
Dwight King-Mike Richards-Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford-Andrei Loktionov-Trevor Lewis
Dustin Penner-Jarret Stoll-Brad Richardson/Colin Fraser

Rob Scuderi-Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell-Jack Johnson
Alec Martinez-Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

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COYOTES LINEUP
Ray Whitney-Martin Hanzal-Radim Vrbata
Lauri Korpikoski-Boyd Gordon-Shane Doan
Raffi Torres-Daymond Langkow-Mikkel Boedker
Paul Bissonnette-Alex Bolduc-Gilbert Brule

Keith Yandle-Adrian Aucoin
Oliver Ekman-Larsson-Michal Rozsival
Chris Summers-Michael Stone

Mike Smith
Jason LaBarbera

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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