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Preview: Red Hot Johnny Gaudreau & Flames Try To Avoid The Season Sweep At The Hands Of The Kings

The Flames look to take one back from LA as they were shut out by the Kings 3-0 in their last meeting.

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LA Kings @ Calgary Flames, 9 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

It may seem like you just read this game preview. And you did, a mere 6 days ago to be exact. The Flames were shut out by the Kings 3-0 back on March 31st in a game that the Flames got down early and never recovered. This is the 4th and final meeting of the two teams and the Flames have yet to post a "W" in the win column against LA. Calgary is 0-3 so far in this campaign and are being outscored 9-2 by the Kings. Not exactly a recipe for success. Little has changed in the 1 game since both teams met in LA. The Kings are still in the playoffs and the Flames still are not. A win here would be nice, as to avoid the season sweep at the hands of their Pacific Division rivals in the first of Calgary's last 2 home games for the year. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames LA Kings
33-40-6 Record 46-28-5
72 Points 97
6th Pacific Division 2nd Pacific
11th West Conference 4th West
5-5 Last 10 Games 4-6
216 Goals For 213
248 Goals Against 184
Gaudreau (30) Goals Toffoli (29)
Gaudreau (75) Points Kopitar (70)
Ramo (.909) SV % Enroth (.928)
24th (16.5%) PP 9th (20.5%)
30th (74.5%) PK 16th (81.1%)

The Flames last played on Saturday night in their final game ever at Rexall Place against the Oilers and won 5-0. The road team came in and absolutely crushed the home team from start to finish. Mikael Backlund and Johnny Gaudreau each scored twice and Joni Ortio played magnificent in earning the shut out. Here's the highlights:

The Kings last played on Monday night and dropped their second in a row, this one to Vancouver 3-2. Tyler Toffoli and Kyle Clifford each scored for the Kings, but it wasn't enough. Jonathan Quick stopped 21 of 24 shots, but 2 second period goals ended up sinking the Kings. Here's the highlights:

Starting Goalies

Calgary Flames

Joni Ortio (expected): 6-9-4, GAA: 2.62, SV% .908

LA Kings

Johnas Enroth (expected): 6-5-1, GAA: 2.04, SV% .928

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames: Joe Colborne, 6 points in last 5 games (2 goals, 4 assists)

LA Kings: Tyler Toffoli, 6 points in last 5 games (2 goals, 4 assists)


Calgary Flames: Karri RamoDennis WidemanLadislav Smid, Michael Frolik

LA Kings: Jordan NolanMarian GaborikMatt Greene, Alec Martinez