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PREVIEW - FLAMES VS. KINGS

The Kings visit the Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

FLAMES (43-29-4) @ KINGS (35-32-7, prior to Tuesday night's action)

BROADCAST: 7 P.M.; Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet960 The Fan (radio)

SEASON SERIES: This will be the fourth of five matchups between the Flames and Kings this season. The Flames won 2-1 in overtime at the 'Dome Feb. 28 after the Kings won 5-0 at the Staples Center back in November. In their most recent tilt on March 19 here in Calgary, the Flames dumped the Kings 4-2. The two clubs will play once more this season.

KINGS' TEAM SCOPE: The Kings play the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night and a victory would clinch a playoff spot for the Oil. Once locked in a fierce battle for a wildcard playoff spot, the Kings have faded down the stretch and have just a long outside shot at making the post-season at this point. They have lost three of their last four and five of their last seven, two of those coming at the hands of the Flames and Oilers last week. Jeff Carter leads the team in scoring with 31 goals and 61 points, well ahead of second-place Anze Kopitar's 11 goals and 46 points. Given their struggles to score at times this season, former Flames captain Jarome Iginla was acquired at the trade deadline . In 11 games as a King, Iginla has three goals and one assist, with his last goal coming on March 16 against the Buffalo Sabres.

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: The Flames come in on a two-game winning streak after a 3-2 OT victory in St. Louis over the Blues Saturday night which they followed up with a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche Monday at the 'Dome. With that victory, the Flames magic number is now one - as in win one more and they punch their ticket to the post-season dance. Wednesday's tilt against the Kings is their first shot to seal the deal. Following Wedmesday's game, the Flames host two more California clubs on this homestand: the San Jose Sharks on Friday and the Anaheim Ducks Sunday before wrapping up the season on a three-game road swing through Cali, first in Anaheim, then L.A. and finally San Jose to close out the season April 8. Sean Monahan has been on a tear for the Flames over the past five games, with 4 goals and 10 points, including the OT winner against the Blues. He had a goal and three points in the March 19 win over the Kings, as did linemate and partner in crime Johnny Gaudreau.

 

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