The Phoenix Coyotes are now at a point where every point is more critical than ever in their hunt for a playoff spot.
They didn’t do themselves any favors on Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Kings scored just 1:20 into the game and didn’t slow down from there, routing the Coyotes 4-0 at Staples Center en route to clinching a playoff spot of their own.
Here’s a closer look at the loss, by the numbers:
The Coyotes now have just five games remaining — including three games in four days to close the season, which ends with what could be a playoff-berth deciding contest at home against the Dallas Stars.
The Kings won the faceoff battle by 11 over the Coyotes and dominated puck possession for the majority of the game.
Phoenix was outshot by 15 in Wednesday’s game, and a number of the Kings’ 32 shots were legitimate scoring chances — including several breakaways.
The Coyotes mustered just 17 shots on goal in Wednesday’s loss — their fewest of the season.
The teams combined for 67 hits in what was a physical game throughout, though 40 of those came from Los Angeles.
Los Angeles converted on 50 percent of its power play chances while the Coyotes went 0-for-2 with a man advantage.