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Preview: Calgary Flames vs LA Kings 3/19/17 (72/82)

With season winding down, the Flames and Kings will play the first of 3 games between the two teams over the next 4 weeks.

Los Angeles Kings v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images
Calgary Flames vs LA Kings, 7:30 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary AB
Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames and Kings are about to learn a lot about each other in a short amount of time. Calgary and LA will face off against each other 3 times over the next 20 days as the 2016-17 NHL season quickly winds down. The Flames are currently 6th in the West and they hold the first WC spot. The Flames are only one point behind the Edmonton Oilers in the Conference, but they sit 3 points ahead of the Predators who hold the final WC spot out West. Calgary got back in the win column after beating the Stars, making them 16-3-1 in their last 20.

The Kings made a bold move at the trade deadline getting veteran forward Jarome Iginla from the Avalanche. Since the trade, the Kings are 4-2-1, but they still find themselves far down in the Western Conference playoff race. LA has 75 points, which puts them behind Calgary and Nashville when it comes to WC positioning. A 5-6-2 February didn’t help the Kings playoff run, but they’ve semi-corrected this month and still have an outside shot at playing hockey past April 9th.

The Flames and Kings have split this season, LA winning 5-0 and Calgary taking the last meeting 2-1 in OT. These next 3 games will go a long way to seeing if the Flames can put the Kings away for good or if LA makes things interesting by taking a few of these games.

Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames LA KIngs
40-27-4 Record 34-29-7
84 Points 75
4th Pacific Division 5th Pacific
6th West Conference 9th West
4-1-0 Last 5 3-1-1
189 Goals For 171
189 Goals Against 170
Monahan (22) Goals Carter (31)
Backlund (49) Points Carter (60)
Tkachuk (94) PIM Clifford (83)
Johnson (.912) Save % Quick (.928)
19.9 (13th) PP % 19.2 (15th)
81.1 (14th) PK % 85.1 (3rd)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Elliott (E) 22-13-3 2.47 .911
Kings: Quick (E) 5-1-1 2.02 .928

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 3 Dallas Stars 1

The Dallas Stars were the lucky team that got to face the Flames after they had their 10 game winning streak snapped by the Boston Bruins. The Flames had the Luck O The Irish with them Friday night as they dispatched the Stars 3-1. Here’s our recap, highlights and Brian Elliott’s post game thoughts....with a special guest.

LA Kings 2 Buffalo Sabres 0

The Kings won their 4th game of the month as they took down the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 Thursday night. Jonathan Quick stopped all 26 shots that came his way, earning his first shut out in his injury abbreviated season. Jewels From The Crown has the recap and has the highlights.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

NHL: New York Islanders at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Tkachuk (F). The Flames rookie has 4 points in his last 5, including a 2 point effort against the Dallas Stars Friday night. While Tkachuk’s offence has been impressive this season (13G 33A), it’s his PIM that have been the talk of the town. Not the 94 he’s accumulated, but the fact that he had 2 PIM since January 24th.

LA Kings

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jarome Iginla (F). The former Flames captain has changed his address once again, this time to Tinsel Town. Iginla has played 7 games with the Kings, collecting 3 goals over that span on 14 shots. Previously he had 8 goals and 10 assists while playing in Colorado. The vet appears to be slowing down, but his insertion into this playoff race could make for some interesting hockey.