Andy Andreoff scored his first NHL goal late in the second period and Jonathan Quick earned his sixth shutout of the season, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a vital 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.
The defending Stanley Cup champions, who are 13-4-1 since an 0-3 road trip through Boston, Washington and Florida, climbed back into the second and final Western Conference wild-card spot. They have 13 games left on the schedule to hold onto it.
Only seven times has a Stanley Cup champion missed the playoffs the following season.
Quick made 25 saves en route to his franchise-record 37th shutout. The Coyotes, whose 145 goals are the fewest in the league, were blanked for the 10th time and second time by a 1-0 score. Last season, they lost only three games by shutout.