The Los Angeles Kings (42-28-7) are on the cusp of making the playoffs. The Arizona Coyotes (26-39-11) are near the bottom of the NHL standings. They’ll meet Thursday night at Staples Center with two very different agendas; the puck drops at 10:30 PM ET, with regional coverage on Fox Sports.

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This is obviously an important game for the Kings, who will play Arizona on two days of rest. LA is fighting with the Anaheim Ducks for third in the Pacific Division, and they’re in the thick of the heated Wild Card race in the Western Conference. But Thursday’s result also matters to the Coyotes. They’re second-last in the standings, perhaps with an eye on improving their lottery prospects at the 2018 NHL Draft.
Arizona will have to face the Kings immediately after visiting the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday. For now, Antti Raanta (.927 save percentage) is projected to start both games for the ‘Yotes, while Jonathan Quick (.923 SV%) is penciled in for Los Angeles. There’s only one man down for the Kings: No. 2 blueliner Jake Muzzin (eight goals, 34 assists) is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury that he sustained on Monday.

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