The Kings absorbed a setback in their quest for the Pacific Division title and No. 3 playoff seeding when they were passed by the onrushing Phoenix Coyotes on Friday and tumbled to seventh in the Western Conference standings with one game left in the season.
The Coyotes vaulted into the division lead with a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues, improving their record to 41-27-13 for 95 points. The Kings (40-27-14) have 94 points entering the conclusion of their home-and-home series against the Sharks at San Jose on Saturday, the final game of the NHLs regular season. The Sharks dropped to eighth Friday.
Goaltender Mike Smith was sensational Friday for the Coyotes, who have won four consecutive games. The first-period goal he yielded to Patrik Berglund was the first scored against him in 234 minutes 25 seconds and ended a streak of 161 consecutive saves, an NHL record.
The Coyotes end their season Saturday against the Wild in Minneapolis.
Courtesy of Kings stats guru Jeremy Zager...