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Justin Williams,  Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, Rob Scuderi, Anze Kopitar, Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Tale of the Tape: Kings vs. Coyotes


On Sunday, the Phoenix Coyotes will host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals (3:00 pm ET, NBC). The Kings are up 3-0 in the series; here’s a look at recent history between the two clubs.

Leading scorers

Los Angeles: Dustin Brown (7G-8A-15PTS) | Phoenix: Antoine Vermette (5G-4A-9PTS)

Starting goalies

Los Angeles: Jonathan Quick (11-1, 1.41 GAA) | Phoenix: Mike Smith (8-6, 2.02 GAA)


Season series tied 3-3

Oct. 20: Los Angeles 2 at Phoenix 0
Oct. 29: at Phoenix 3, Los Angeles 2 (OT)
Dec. 26: at Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 3
Jan. 5: at Los Angeles 1, Phoenix 0 (OT)
Feb. 16: at Phoenix 1, Los Angeles 0
Feb. 21: at Phoenix 5, Los Angeles 4 (SO)

Game 1: Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 2

Two gaffes by Jonathan Quick (particularly a center ice goal given up to Derek Morris) made the score deceptively close. The Kings dominated much of the play, carrying a 48-27 shot advantage. Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown were their usual impact-making selves, but Dwight King’s two goals ended up being a sign of things to come. This was one of the best Kings’ performances of the playoffs and probably their best team effort of an impressive series.

Game 2: Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 0

While Game 1 was deceptively close, the Kings weren’t as great as the score indicated. Instead, the Coyotes were guilty of a series of self-inflicted wounds, particularly during the second period when they took some uncharacteristically undisciplined penalties. Shane Doan was ejected for boarding Trevor Lewis (which didn’t result in further discipline) while Martin Hanzal was thrown out for boarding Dustin Brown (which netted him a suspension). Amid the carnage, Jonathan Quick (24 saves) had a relatively quiet shutout while Jeff Carter scored his first career playoff hat trick and the Kings’ first playoff trio since Wayne Gretzky did it in 1993.

Game 3: Los Angeles 2, Phoenix 1

This contest was more along the lines of what people expected from this series, but the results weren’t any more positive for the Coyotes. Daymond Langkow scored to give Phoenix its first lead of the series but Anze Kopitar only needed about two minutes to tie it up 1-1. Dwight King continued his improbable playoff success with an unexpectedly gorgeous game-winning goal. Meanwhile, a few questionable penalties left Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett livid.


Los Angeles: Scott Parse (hip), Kevin Westgarth (hand) and Simon Gagne (concussion).

Phoenix: Adrian Aucoin (undisclosed) and Raffi Torres (suspended).

Tale of the tape: Evgeni Malkin vs. Alex Ovechkin

Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin

There’s no way you can argue against Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin as two of the NHL’s biggest stars. But when the Russian countrymen face off against each other on Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m. ET on NBC) it’ll be a tale of two guys who have seen their seasons go in different directions.

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Alex Ovechkin: 46 GP – 19 goals, 17 assists – 2nd on Caps in points (Nicklas Backstrom)

Ovechkin and the Caps have had a disappointing season even though they sit atop the Southeast Division (tied with the Panthers in points, just three ahead of the Jets.) We’re used to seeing the Capitals turn things on and take over in the second half, but Ovechkin’s offensive struggles might make that difficult this time ’round.

Rather than helping his teammates raise their game, Ovechkin has slumped — especially with Backstrom out with a concussion. Normally he’s been on a line with Backstrom and Troy Brouwer but unlike Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh, Ovechkin hasn’t been able to elevate his linemate’s games.

Ovechkin is on a pace to score less than 40 goals this season while the Caps struggle through trying to stay on top of their division. To say it’s been frustrating for the former two-time MVP this season would be an understatement.

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Evgeni Malkin: 40 GP – 25 goals, 30 assists – 1st in NHL in points, t-3rd in goals

Simply put, Malkin has been a monster in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are missing both Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal, yet haven’t missed a beat thanks to Malkin. He’s scoring tons of goals, setting up teammates for others, and looking like the guy who helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Where Malkin has done things different than Ovechkin is in how he’s developed chemistry with linemate James Neal. Neal and Malkin have become a dominant one-two punch as Neal has scored 24 goals and the pair has combined for 98 points, making them one of the top scoring duos in the league and a huge reason why the Penguins have won five in a row.

Tale of the Tape: Blackhawks at Red Wings

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NBC is set to feature a great showdown on Saturday, as the Chicago Blackhawks are primed to face the Detroit Red Wings at 12:30 p.m. ET. Get ready for the game by reviewing “The Tale of the Tape.”

Chicago Blackhawks


Record: 26-13-5 with 57 points in 44 games played (16-5-4 at home; 10-8-1 on the road)

Rankings: First in the Central Division; second in the Western Conference

Streaks: 5-4-1 in last 10 games; two wins in a row

Power play: 29-for-157 (18.5 percent; 10th in NHL); one shorthanded goal allowed

Penalty kill: 109-for-138 (79 percent; 26th in NHL); six shorthanded goals scored

Top points scorer: Marian Hossa (46)

Top goal scorer: Jonathan Toews (22)

Ice time leader: Duncan Keith (26:26 minutes per game)

Goalie stats: Ray Emery: 10-3-2 in 16 GP; 2.67 GAA and .907 save percentage; Corey Crawford: 16-10-3 in 31 GP; 2.83 GAA and .903 save percentage

Notable Injuries: Daniel Carcillo (season-ending knee injury) and Patrick Sharp (upper-body injury, week-to-week)

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Detroit Red Wings


Record: 27-15-1 for 55 points (16-2-1 at home; 11-13-0 on the road)

Rankings: Third in the Central Division; fifth in the Western Conference

Streaks: 6-4-0 in last 10 games; one win in a row

Power play: 30-for-157 (19.1 percent; eighth in NHL); five shorthanded goals allowed

Penalty kill: 124-for-153 (81 percent; 23rd in NHL); one shorthanded goal scored

Top points scorer: Pavel Datsyuk (44)

Top goal scorer: Johan Franzen (17)

Ice time leader: Nicklas Lidstrom (23:43 minutes per game)

Goalie stats: Jimmy Howard: 25-10-1 in 36 GP; 2.04 GAA and .924 save percentage, four shutouts; Ty Conklin: 2-5-0 in 8 GP; 3.28 GAA and .888 save percentage, one shutout

Notable Injuries: Todd Bertuzzi (day-to-day with back injury)