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Calgary Flames vs Los Angeles Kings Preview 12/31/15 (37/82)

The Flames close out the New Year with the Pacific leading LA Kings.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ Calgary Flames, 9 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

Happy New Year! The Calgary Flames close out 2015 by hosting the Pacific leading LA Kings on New Year's Eve. The Kings, winners of 3 straight, come into the Saddledome to face a Calgary team that lost for the first time at home in 11 games. This is Calgary's first look at the Kings this season and this ends a brutal stretch for the Flames. December's slate of games was extremely tough and so far the Flames are 9-3. 10-3 would be a much better look finishing up the New Year and their 4 game home stand. The Kings will be looking to pad their lead in the Pacific while the Flames will look to get the 2 points back that they lost to Anaheim. Here's how they match-up:

Calgary Flames LA Kings
17-17-2 Record 23-11-2
36 Points 48
4th Pacific Division 1st Pacific
9th (tie) West Conference 3rd West
7-3 Last 10 Games 6-4
95 Goals For 96
116 Goals Against 80
Gaudreau (17) Goals Toffoli (18)
Gaudreau (39) Points Toffoli (29)
Ramo (.908) SV % Enroth (.939)
30th (12.6%) PP 16th  (19.0%)
30th (74.7%) PK 7th (82.9%)

The Flames last took to the ice on Monday night and put their franchise record 11 game home winning streak on the line. The Anaheim Ducks came in and ended that streak with a 1-0 snoozer. Calgary managed just 14 shots in the loss as the Ducks slowed down Calgary's fast paced offense. Here's the highlights:

The Kings won their 3rd straight with a convincing 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Johnathan Quick made 42 saves in the win. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Micheal Ferland Mikael Backlund Joe Colborne
Sam Bennett Markus Granlund David Jones
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan Brandon Bollig
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Dennis Wideman
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches: Mason RaymondLadislav SmidJosh Jooris

Injuries: Michael Frolik

Los Angeles Kings Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Milan Lucic Anze Kopitar Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson Nick Shore Marian Gaborik
Trevor Lewis Andy Andreoff Dustin Brown
Michael Mersch Jordan Weal Jordan Nolan
Left Defense Right Defense
Brayden McNabb Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin Alec Martinez
Derek Forbort Jamie McBain
Jonathan Quick Jhonas Enroth

Scratches: None

Injuries: Matt GreeneKyle CliffordDwight KingJeff Carter