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Flames close out road trip in LA

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (30-21-3) at KINGS (23-18-12)

TV: SNW, FS-W

Season series: The Calgary Flames have won three straight games against the Los Angeles Kings, two in overtime. Calgary defencemen Mark Giordano and Dennis Wideman have the OT goals, and wing Johnny Gaudreau had a hat trick in the first win, Dec. 22. Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick has an .879 save percentage in the three games.

Flames team scope: Forward Sean Monahan did not practice Wednesday but coach Bob Hartley said he will play. "He was a little bit sick in San Jose and yesterday he wasn't feeling great. Today he feels much better so he'll be in the lineup tomorrow night," Hartley told the Flames website. "We just thought that an extra day to refuel and get ready for tomorrow." Monahan, who has nine points in his past 11 games, played 20:27 in a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Monday that was Calgary's fourth win in five games. The Flames are 9-3-0 since Jan. 10. A one-hour practice in El Segundo, Calif., was watched by the dads on their annual trip. "I look at the dads and I'm chuckling because it's fun," Hartley said. "This is a great reward for the dads, it's motivating for our players to see their dads, and it's good for a change because they don't take [heck] only from the coach; they know that the game will be replayed with their dads, just like in the old days. I'm getting help here."

Kings team scope: Los Angeles added defenceman Derek Forbort from Manchester of the American Hockey League and he could make his NHL debut with Alec Martinez (concussion symptoms) likely out and Robyn Regher (illness) recovering. "We called Derek up because obviously we're in a situation that we've been in all year where we need defencemen," coach Darryl Sutter told LAKingsinsider.com. Forbort, 22, the 15th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, played three seasons at the University of North Dakota and 126 games in the AHL. "A lot of guys here have gone through that, so you know it's just kind of what you have to do," Forbort said of waiting to make his debut. "I'm willing to put in that time … to develop and be a good NHL player." He would become the first Kings player to wear No. 84. Forward Jeff Carter did not practice to attend a family funeral but is expected to play if the weather cooperates, Sutter said.

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