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Calgary Flames vs LA Kings Preview 2/23/2016 (57/82)

The Flames head to LA to do battle with the Kings in a Pacific Division clash.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ LA Kings, 10:30 PM ET, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNF, FSW, SN Flames
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

Well, the good news is the Flames aren't in Anaheim. The bad news is they're in LA where the Flames are a career 52-64-9 when they take on the Kings. The only time these two have played so far this season was on New Year's Eve when the Kings beat Calgary 4-1. LA has had an up and down month so far, finding themselves 4-5 in February with 3 OT games in that stretch. LA finds themselves 4th in the West with 72 points , comfortably in the playoff picture. The Flames meanwhile find themselves sputtering towards the end having lost 3 very important games versus Western Conference opponents this month. This is 1 of 3 games left this season against the Kings and taking one in LA would do wonders for the young Flames' confidence. Calgary started wheeling and dealing yesterday, so who knows who might be suiting up as it gets closer to game time. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames LA Kings
26-29-3 Record 34-20-4
55 Points 72
6th Pacific Division 1st Pacific
12th West Conference 4th West
5-5 Last 10 Games 4-6
158 Goals For 155
178 Goals Against 135
Gaudreau (22) Goals Toffoli (24)
Gaudreau (57) Points Kopitar (51)
Ramo (.909) SV % Enroth (.926)
29th (15.6%) PP 4th (22.2%)
30th (73.2%) PK 11th (82.2)

The Flames last played on Sunday afternoon in their own personal house on horrors in Anaheim. The Ducks controlled this game from the very start and handled the Flames easily to the tune of 5-2. As if losing to the Ducks wasn't bad enough, ex-Canucks Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa had 3 points between the 2 of them in the game. Jonas Hiller continued to struggle between the pipes giving up 5 goals on 33 shots. Mikael Backlund continues to be a bright spot for Calgary as he scored his 11th goal of the season in the loss. Here's the highlights:

The Kings last took the ice on Saturday and squeaked by the Predators in OT 2-1. Jonathan Quick stopped 32 of 33 shots and the Kings got goals from Jake Muzzin (7) and Tanner Pearson scored his 8th of the season in OT to get the Kings the victory. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lines (these are the projected line and can change at any time up until puck drops)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Joe Colborne Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Brandon Bollig Sam Bennett Josh Jooris
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan David Jones
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Jakub Nakladal Tyler Wotherspoon
Jonas Hiller Joni Ortio (s)

Scratches: Micheal Ferland, Dennis Wideman (Susp)

Injuries: Kris RussellKarri Ramo, Ladislav Smid

LA 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 Jeff Carter Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson Vincent Lecavalier Dustin Brown
Dwight King Nick Shore Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford Andy Andreoff Michael Mersch
Left Defense Right Defense
Jake Muzzin Drew Doughty
Alec Martinez Luke Schenn
Brayden McNabb Jamie McBain
Jonathan Quick (s) Jhonas Enroth

Scratches: None

Injuries: Matt Greene, Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar