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46-25-11
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42-35-5
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25 SOG
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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Calgary Flames vs. Los Angeles Kings

GAME: Calgary Flames (46-24-10) at Los Angeles Kings (40-35-5).

TIME: Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EDT.

Miikka Kiprusoff may not have matched his record-setting 2003-04 season, but his importance to the Calgary Flames may be even greater this season.

Kiprusoff and the Flames seek a third consecutive shutout as they visit the Staples Center to face the Los Angeles Kings.

The 29-year-old Finn set an NHL record with a 1.69 goals-against average and finished second in the voting for the Vezina Trophy in 2003-04, when he led the Flames to the Stanley Cup Finals. This season, he is a leading contender for the Vezina, leading the league in wins (42), shutouts (10) and goals-against average (2.09).

On Thursday, Kiprusoff helped the Flames clinch their first division title in 11 years by turning aside 23 shots in a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

"To be a low-scoring team like we are and to get the number of wins we have, he's easily the biggest reason," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla. "The fans were letting him know tonight and us as players, we appreciate everything he's done this year, it's been amazing to watch."

Rookie defenseman Dion Phaneuf scored his 20th goal, and Tony Amonte added an empty-netter as Calgary won for the fourth time in its last five games. The Flames, who have allowed just five goals in those five games, have not given up more than three in a game since a 9-4 loss March 18 at Nashville.

The Flames will be the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and could face Colorado in the first round.

Los Angeles will miss the playoffs for a third straight season and has scored just four goals in losing its last four games.

The Kings had 32 shots on goal in a 3-0 loss Thursday to the Phoenix Coyotes. Jason LaBarbera replaced Mathieu Garon at the start of the third period and stopped all 18 shots he faced. Los Angeles went 0-for-9 with the man advantage Thursday and has just two goals in 49 power-play opportunities over the last eight games. The Kings are 3-7 since interim coach John Torchetti replaced Andy Murray.

"If we're not going to make the playoffs we underachieved," Torchetti said.

Luc Robitaille will play his final home game for the Kings. An eight-time All-Star, the 40-year-old Robitaille is the Kings' all-time leading goal-scorer with 557, and the highest-scoring left wing in NHL history with 668 goals. The Montreal native has just 15 goals this season, with the last coming March 14 against Phoenix.

STANDINGS: Flames - 102 points, 1st place, Northwest Division. Kings - 85 points, 4th place, 24 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Iginla, 34 goals and 65 points; Daymond Langkow, 34 assists; Darren McCarty, 115 PIM. Kings - Mark Parrish, 28 goals; Lubomir Visnovsky, 50 assists and 67 points; Sean Avery, 257 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Flames - Power play: 18.5 percent (86 for 465), 10th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.2 percent (411 for 488), 6th (tied). Kings - Power play: 14.2 percent (75 for 529), 28th. Penalty killing: 78.3 percent (365 for 479), 29th (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Kiprusoff (42-20-10, 10 SO, 2.09 GAA); Brian Boucher (4-7-0, 0, 4.16). Kings - Garon (31-26-3, 4, 3.22); LaBarbera (9-9-2, 0, 3.12).

SEASON SERIES: Flames, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: March 29; Flames, 2-1. At Calgary, Alberta, Iginla scored his first short-handed goal of the season with 3:37 left in the second period to lift the Flames.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 16-17-6 on the road; Kings - 25-14-1 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 15 '06 CGY 1 at LAK 2 - SO P. Demitra
Mar 29 '06 LAK 1 at CGY 2 J. Iginla
Dec 21 '05 LAK 5 at CGY 2 J. Giuliano
Oct 23 '05 CGY 3 at LAK 2 C. Simon