KINGS (39-26-15) at FLAMES (44-29-7)
TV: FS-W, SNW
Season series: Tyler Toffoli had his first NHL hat trick on Feb. 12 to help the Los Angeles Kings to their first win against the Calgary Flames this season. Los Angeles forwards Dwight King and Jordan Nolan scored third-period goals, and the Kings chased Flames goalie Jonas Hiller with five goals on 40 shots. Calgary rookie Johnny Gaudreau has six points in the four games.
Kings team scope: Los Angeles would be the first defending champion to miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs the following season since the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006-07 if it loses to Calgary in regulation. The Kings trail the Flames by two points for third place in the Pacific Division and are three behind the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card from the Western Conference. "Obviously we've been through a lot and we just have to manage our way through it," coach Darryl Sutter said after practice Wednesday. The Kings have been outscored 14-5 in their past four road games (0-3-1). Goalie Jonathan Quick is expected to start; he is 2-0-1 with a 1.30 goals-against average in April. Defenceman Andrej Sekera (lower body) will miss the final two games of the season, and forward Tanner Pearson (broken fibula) is scheduled for an X-ray on Tuesday, according to LAKingsInsider.com.
Flames team scope: Calgary will clinch its first trip to the playoffs since 2009 with a win. "Obviously we know what's up for grabs," defenceman Kris Russell told the Flames website after an optional practice Wednesday. "We know who we're playing. We know what kind of team they are. They're one of the teams that when their backs have been up against the wall ... they've played their best." The Flames may be without forward Lance Bouma, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained Tuesday in a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes. Forward Paul Byron, defenceman Raphael Diaz and goalie Karri Ramo are day-to-day, each with a lower-body injury. Ramo's injury has left the workload to Hiller, who has won four of his past five games. "He can readjust his game, basically by the minute," coach Bob Hartley said. "He doesn't get rattled by anything, and that's such a valid point by a goalie."