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Calgary Flames @ LA Kings 3/26/18 (77/82): The Flames Will Try To End A 5 Game Losing Skid Tonight....

......But they probably won’t.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Los Angeles Kings Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ LA Kings, 8:30 PM MT, Staples Center, Los Angeles CA

Where To Watch & Listen

BroadcastSchedule
BroadcastSchedule
TV: SNW
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames close out a 2 game road trip with a loss to the LA Kings.....oh wait, this is the preview, not the recap. Calgary will look to halt a 5 game losing streak tonight as they head to LA to battle the Kings. Bahahahaha. Good luck with that. Johnny Gaudreau. Sean Monahan. Matthew Tkachuk. T.J. Brodie. Kris Versteeg. That’s just a sampling of who won’t be playing tonight for the Flames. Don’t ask who is. The Flames have scored a robust 7 goals in their last 5 games and have been shut out twice. They’ve lost 6 of their last 7. There’s no playoffs. They are playing like they’ve already checked out. This should be an entertaining contest.

LA on the other hand is doing something the Flames aren’t doing: fighting for their playoff lives. LA is sitting at 89 points in 9th place in the West, tied in points with St. Louis. It’s been a struggle as of late for the Kings who came surging back into the playoff picture in the last month. After a solid month of February, LA hasn’t been able to gain any traction as they are stuck in a “win one, lose one” rut all month long. But hey, they’re still within striking distance of the playoffs, so good for them. Better than just trying to stay ahead of Edmonton.

The Flames have beaten the Kings twice this season, but that was back when the Flames were actually decent. Expect the Kings to mop the floor with this lifeless Flames team tonight and send them to their 6th straight loss. GO FLAMES GO!

How They Match Up

Calgary Flames Stats LA Kings
Calgary Flames Stats LA Kings
35-31-10 Record 41-28-7
80 Points 89
5th Pacific Division 4th Pacific
11th West Conference 9th West
0-5-0 Last 5 2-2-1
205 Goals For 221
231 Goals Against 190
Monahan (31) Goals Kopitar (33)
Gaudreau (82) Points Kopitar (86)
Hathaway (84) PIM Brown (58)
Smith (.916) Save% Quick (.922)
16.6 (27th) PP% 20.0 (17th)
81.5 (12th) PK% 84.7 (1st)
2-0-1 2017-18 VS 1-1-1
134-109-21 Overall VS 109-134-2

Starting Goalies (E=Expected,C=Confirmed)

Player Record GAA Save%
Player Record GAA Save%
Flames: Smith (E) 24-21-6 2.66 .916
Kings: Quick (E) 30-27-2 2.42 .922

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Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

There are none.

LA Kings

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Anze Kopitar (C). Kopitar has 6 points in his last 4 games including a 4 goal effort in LA’s 7-1 victory over Colorado last week. He also has 4 points in 3 games against the Flames this season. I’m afraid of what he will do tonight against Calgary’s split squad, preseason lineup.