I'm writing this on an a malfunctioning PC at my hotel in London which doesn't seem to allow for any sort of formatting or data widgets, so I apologize if it's somewhat scrambled.
The Flames are in Los Angeles tonight to take on the defending Stanley Cup champions. This should go well. Darryl Sutter is probably jumping with joy inside at the thought of playing his former team that can't string two wins together inadvertently competing for a top-five pick while he twirls his Stanley Cup ring round and round on his finger.
Mike Cammalleri probably wishes he never left.
The Flames managed two wins against the Kings last season, and both were extremely close, low-scoring games. For the sake of Calgary's new goalie tandem, which hasn't been able to stop much in the past few games, I sure hope that's the case again tonight. The Kings, who are surprisingly just one point ahead of the Flames in the Western conference standings, are practically guaranteed a victory tonight after beating the Edmonton Oilers less than 24 hours ago, which seems to be the cure-all confidence booster for nearly every team in the NHL.
The Kings are on the second night of back-to-back games, but the Flames have had enough trouble both with regard to scoring and keeping the puck out of their own net recently that I'm somewhat skeptical things will go their way in this one, especially since LA is significantly better than their record so far indicates.
Joey MacDonald will get the start for the Flames while Jonathan Berniet will go for the Kings. Here are your lines and pairings; the Babchuk and Comeau-at-Centre nonsense seems to have ceased for now:
Go Flames Go.