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PREVIEW - FLAMES VS. KINGS

The Flames kick off their homestand on Tuesday when they host the LA Kings at 7:00 PM MT

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

KINGS (30-27-4) VS. FLAMES (33-26-4)

BROADCAST: 7:00 PM MT; Sportsnet One (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)

SEASON SERIES: Tuesday's game is just the second match-up between the Flames and LA Kings this season. The two clubs opened their five-game season series on Nov. 5 in LA, with the Kings taking that contest by a score of 5-0, and will play their final three games on Mar. 19, Mar. 29 and Apr. 6. In their 2015-16 series with the Kings, the Flames were 0-3-1 with Mark Giordano leading the Flames with two goals and three points against LA.

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: The Flames are coming off a very successful road swing that saw them going 4-0-1 and push themselves into the first Wildcard spot in the Western Conference. As of Monday, they are four points behind the Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers, who hold the second and third positions in the Pacific Division. During that road trip, Johnny Gaudreau led his team with two goals and eight points and was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for his efforts. Brian Elliott started four of the five games on the road, going 3-0-1 with a 2.50 GAA and a .907 save percentage. Tuesday's game is the start of a busy home schedule for the Flames, who will play 11 games at the Scotiabank Saddledome from Feb. 28 to Mar. 31.

KINGS' TEAM SCOPE: LA made a splash ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline by acquiring goaltender Ben Bishop and a 2017 fifth round pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for netminder Peter Budaj, defenceman Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh round pick, and a conditional 2017 draft pick. "Jonathan Quick can't play every game," head coach Darryl Sutter told NHL.com. "He has a long-term contract, which means you want him to fulfill that contract and be a healthy a player … With these injuries he's had in the last three or four years, we're not going to nail him to the cross in the next six weeks." Quick, who has been limited to three appearances this season due to injury, has a 3.00 GAA and a .916 save percentage. The Kings are coming off of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild on Monday. With the lone point, they now sit two points back of the St. Louis Blues, who hold the second Wildcard spot in the West.

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