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Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames [Game 40]

A pivotal game against the Kings means more Troy Brouwer and Curtis Lazar

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
7:00 PM MST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
790 AM KFAM FS-LA Scotiabank Saddledome SN 960 AM CFAC
League Value Metric Value League
3rd 66.3% Points Percentage 53.8% 21st
14th 15.97% Net Power Play Percentage 15.67% 16th
2nd 88.89% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 80.31% 25th
7th 104.86% Combined Special Teams Percentage 95.99% 22nd
12th 3.00 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.77 23rd
1st 2.28 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 2.92 16th
25th -.40 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .18 14th
16th 50.10% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 51.96% 7th
18th 48.96% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 52.48% 6th
2nd 102.12% P.D.O. (5V5) 99.52% 20th
11th 8.23% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 6.70% 26th
2nd 93.89% Save Percentage (5V5) 92.82% 10th
Data from and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Jewels From The Crown

The Calgary Flames welcome a very good Los Angeles Kings team to town. Unfortunately for the Flames, injuries have once again ransacked them as they will be without the services of Jaromir Jagr in addition to Michael Frolik and Kris Versteeg. Curtis Lazar will take Jagr's place - that's not ideal heading into a matchup of this magnitude.

People can bemoan Glen Gulutzan all they would like for not giving Curtis Lazar ice time over Troy Brouwer - the facts are that playing Brouwer over Lazar is absolutely the correct decision. Lazar is dead last on the team in relative shot attempts - worse than any forward or defenseman on a list that includes Matt Bartkowski. Having to play Brouwer is bad enough, but being forced to play both is a huge handicap on the coach. Marek Hrivik was recalled from Stockton today - that should relegate Lazar to the bench once he's actually with the team.

Mike Smith will be the starter in tonight's contest. Jonathan Quick will start across from him. Quick is having a resurgent year and could be the front runner for the Vezina - the Flames will need to do all they can to force possession and get pucks into scoring chances and it would be quite nice if the power play could find a way to continue to rebound.

Puck drop is at 7:05 P.M. M.S.T. Go Flames Go.