FLAMES (5-6-1) VS. KINGS (5-6-0)
BROADCAST: 8:00 PM MT; CBC, SN1, FAN960
SEASON SERIES: Saturday's game is the first of five meetings between the Calgary Flames and the LA Kings this season. The next time these two clubs will face off is on Feb. 28 when the Kings make a stop at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Last year, the Flames went 0-3-1 against the Kings in their four-game set. Mark Giordano led Calgary in scoring against LA with two goals and three points in four skates. Anze Kopitar led the Kings in scoring against the Flames with one goal and six points in four contests.
FLAMES TEAM SCOPE: The Flames are coming off a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Rookie Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals, including the game-winner, in San Jose. Chad Johnson was in net against the Sharks, making 26 saves in the win. Saturday's game is the third stop in a four-game trip for the Flames, with their final game being played on Sunday in Anaheim. Head coach Glen Gulutzan has confirmed Brian Elliott will get the start in LA. The netminder has appeared in 11 games against the Kings in his career, going 3-4-2 with a 1.94 GAA and a .934 save percentage. Gulutzan also noted forward Kris Versteeg (lower body) is unlikely for Saturday's and Freddie Hamilton could draw into the lineup.
KINGS TEAM SCOPE: The Kings were also in action on Thursday, picking up a 3-2 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nic Dowd scored the game-winner at the 2:37 mark of the extra stanza. With Jonathan Quick out with a lower body injury and Jeff Zatkoff out with a groin malady, it has been Peter Budaj manning the blue paint. Budaj is 8-5-3 this season with a 2.31 GAA and a .902 save percentage. The Kings are also without Marian Gaborik (broken foot), Andy Andreoff (upper body) and Brayden McNabb (upper body) due to injury and Tom Gilbert due to suspension. Alec Martinez leads LA in scoring with two goals and nine points in 11 games. Tanner Pearson trails him with four goals and seven points in nine skates.