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Up next for the Kings: Thursday vs. Phoenix

Right wing Wayne Simmonds could return against Phoenix.

January 19, 2011|By Helene Elliott

Kings tonight

VS. PHOENIX

When: 7:30.

Where: Staples Center.

On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 1150.

Records: Kings 24-21-1, Coyotes 23-15-9.

Record vs. Coyotes: 0-2.

Update: Right wing Wayne Simmonds, who missed the last two games because of an apparent ankle injury, practiced Wednesday and it is possible he will play Thursday. Left wing Ryan Smyth left practice early after being struck on the left calf by a puck, but that's not expected to keep him out of the game. Coach Terry Murray reconfigured his lines again, putting Alexei Ponikarovsky, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown together and placing Marco Sturm alongside Michal Handzus and Trevor Lewis. Murray said he will leave the line of Smyth, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams intact. The Coyotes lost their last two games but were 6-0-2 before that.

— Helene Elliott

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