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Preview: Calgary Flames @ LA Kings 11/10/18 (17/82): Flames Look To Defeat Bottom Dwelling LA

The Kings are bad, the Flames are good. This shouldn’t be rocket science.

Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Calgary Flames @ LA Kings, 8 PM MT, Staples Center, Los Angeles CA

TV: CBC, SN, SN360

Radio: Sportsnet 960

Calgary Flames 9-6-1 (19 points) - LA Kings 5-9-1 (11 points)

NHL Standings

The Flames will look to get back on the winning track tonight as the make their second stop in California to take on the struggling LA Kings. Calgary had a 4 game winning streak snapped on Wednesday at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. It was another rough start for Mike Smith and although the Flames generated some 3rd period magic, the Ducks were just a little bit better when it counted. Calgary is in luck though, they draw the Kings at a time when LA is old, slow and playing generally bad.

The Kings sit dead last in the Western Conference with 11 points and are only 1 win ahead of the Florida Panthers for last place in the NHL. LA has had 3 losing streaks of 4 games or more, with the last one being a herculean 6 game losing streak where they scored 2 goals or more only 1 time. The Kings offence is suffering drought like conditions as they sit dead last in the NHL with only 33 GF, a paltry 2.2 goals per game average. Where the Kings have found success is in killing penalties. LA sits at #10 in the league, killing 81.8% of their man down situations (8 for 44).

Calgary has a golden opportunity to get back the 2 points they gave Anaheim on Wednesday with a strong showing against a weaker and sinking opponent. The Flames are 2-5-0 in their last 7 trips to LA, but the Kings are 2-8-0 against teams from the Pacific Division in 2018-19.

Starting Goalies

Flames: David Rittich (E): 4-1-0, 2.23, .927%

Kings: Campbell (E): 5-6-0, 2.46, .918%

Team Leaders

Calgary Flames

Goals: Lindholm (9) Points: Tkachuk (19) PIM: Bennett (25) Save%: Rittich (.927)

LA Kings

Goals: Kovalchuk (5) Points: Kovalchuk (14) PIM: Clifford (23) Save%: (.918)

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

LA Kings Coverage: Jewels From The Crown

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 2 Anaheim Ducks 3

LA Kings 1 Minnesota Wild 3

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

Chicago Blackhawks v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Matthew Tkachuk (F): 7G, 12A, 6 points (3G, 3A) in his last 5 games.

LA Kings

Vegas Golden Knights v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Drew Doughty (D): 1G, 9A, 4 assists in his last 5 games.