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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Kings

by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames


The Flames will face-off against the Kings tonight for the second time in the past week.

The Kings took round one with a 4-1 decision at the Scotiabank Saddledome last Saturday night where three of the King's top guns tallied. Mike Richards, Anze kopitar and Dustin Brown all scored. Rearguard Matt Greene rounded out the scoring for the Kings.

The Kings have lost only once in regulation since Darryl Sutter took over the coaching reigns and the Kings find themselves in a playoff position.

The Flames who are chasing the Kings dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

It was one of their best efforts of the season with the top trio of Jarome Iginla, Mikael Backlund and Mike Cammalleri putting on a gritty performance that certainly deserved a more favourable outcome.

"Right from start to finish for sixty minutes we were a complete hockey team," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter, "Our aggression in the game as far as going after it and not sitting back was something I really liked."

Flames forward and leading goal scorer Curtis Glencross was lost in the contest with a lower body injury. Glencross has a team-high 18 goals this season, one better that Flames captain Jarome Iginla. he flew back to Calgary after the game on Tuesday to be evaluated by team doctors. An update on his status is expected later tonight when Jay Feaster will address the media from the Staples Center in Los Angeles prior to the game.

Sutter knows the team needs to forge ahead.

"It's part of the game. We just have to find a way to fight through it. We have guy who can be put into his role and they're going to have to play well for us. We need to be able to make up for it in other ways."


Line combinations were once again re-worked with Glencross back in Calgary nursing his injury.

Flames head coach Brent Sutter decided to keep the top unit of Backlund, Iginla and Cammalleri together. Matt Stajan has been re-inserted into the line-up after missing 14 games with an ankle sprain. He skated on a line with Roman Horak and Lance Bouma at practice this morning.

The Flames may also opt to go with seven defenceman and 11 forwards again just as they did in San Jose. If that's the case look for Roman Horak to sit and Anton Babchuk to dress.

In an effort to possibly get Tim Jackman to find the scoring touch he exibited last season Sutter has moved him up on a line with Olli Jokinen and Blake Comeau.

The final unit will see Tom Kostopolous line up with Blair Jones and Lee Stempniak.


Miikka Kipruosff will make his sixth consecutive start in goal for the Flames. Kiprusoff was stellar in the setback to the Sharks on Tuesday making 30 saves in the contest.

"Mikka is the kind of goalie you want to go to battle with, quipped forward Michael Cammalleri, "He's going to keep you in it and he's going to make the big saves you need your goalie to make to give your team a chance to win."


Author: Jason Johnson

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