Coyotes, gaining confidence, face off against struggling Kings

Coyotes, gaining confidence, face off against struggling Kings

After a dismal start to the season — losing their first 11 games to kick off the campaign and with just one victory in 15 outings — the Arizona Coyotes finally have some good news.As the Coyotes travel to face the suddenly struggling Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, it’s one night after claiming their third victory of the season, and second in three outings, with a 2-1 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings that was decided after a third-period comeback.The positive momentum is noticeable for the Coyotes, who still remain last in the league standings.”We’re starting to figure some things out,” said forward Clayton Keller, who scored the overtime winner over the Red Wings. “We’re sharper in the defensive zone. It’s a great group in that locker room, a great coaching staff, they all want us to succeed.”Added coach Andre Tourigny: “We’re playing much better and have more confidence. We still have to battle really hard every day, and we do. We have a group that doesn’t mind the work. It’s more fun when you get the results.”One key has been the play of goaltender Scott Wedgewood. Since he was claimed off waivers from the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 4, Wedgewood has posted a 3-1-1 record with 9.40 save percentage and 2.04 goals-against average.”I’m just happy to be a part of it,” Wedgewood said. “The group’s got some confidence right now, we’re getting some points, which is huge for this team. I’m enjoying it. It’s been feeling like home the last two weeks.”The Kings return to action after dropping a 5-4 clash with the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. They have lost three straight since their seven-game winning streak.The high-scoring defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes is not at all what the Kings want in their games.

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