Tonight the Coyotes face Division rivals the LA Kings. The Coyotes and Kings have not seen eachother since the final preseason game back on October 4th when the Coyotes beat the Kings 5-2. The Kings played the Maple Leafs Monday night, losing 3-1. The Coyotes played the Sharks Saturday night, losing 3-2. Neither team wishes to extend their losing streak to 2.
According to the Coyotes website, Goaltender Mikael Tellqvist will return to the net tonight. Tellqvist played Saturday night after Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled from the game during the 1st period. Wayne Gretzky says; "Confidence is a huge part of the game and (Bryzgalov) is lacking a little bit of confidence," Gretzky said. "We know he is an elite goaltender … he is in a down time right now. He’s worked hard. He will work his way out of this."
"Telly has been strong and really good," Gretzky said. Telly has stopped 95 of the last 99 shots he has faced in the past few games.
Telly played the last period of the Coyotes & Kings last game, stopping 19 of the 21 shots he faced that night. Bryzgalov played the first two periods, facing only 17 shots and stopping them all. The Coyotes are currently 6-4-1 at home while the Kings are 3-4-0 away.
*Photos by Andrea Hasbrouck