FLAMES (32-39-6) at KINGS (45-26-5)
TV: SNW, FS-W, NHL.TV (8:30 PM MT)
Season series: The Los Angeles Kings have won their first two games against the Calgary Flames. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves in a 4-1 victory at Scotiabank Saddledome on New Year's Eve, and Anze Kopitar's second-period power-play goal was the difference in a 2-1 victory at Staples Center on Feb. 23.
Flames team scope: Calgary will try to recover after its worst defensive effort of the season, an 8-3 loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. Starting goaltender Jonas Hiller allowed three goals on five shots before being pulled, and Niklas Backstrom surrendered five more on 22 shots. "You give them a few freebies from the start, and you know it's going to be a long game. Our goalies had a tough night," coach Bob Hartley said. Defenceman TJ Brodie, who had one of Calgary's three goals in the second period, said the Flames can't spend time worrying about the loss. "It's definitely frustrating," he said, "but at the same time you can't dwell on it. You've got to put it in the past and move on. Tomorrow is another day."
Kings team scope: Los Angeles will try to move back into first place in the Pacific Division after being passed by the Ducks. The Kings had two days off after a 5-2 road loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday. This is their 10th game in 18 days. "We've had a good month," coach Darryl Sutter told LA Kings Insider after practice Wednesday. "Trying to finish it off [Thursday]. We've played really well." Injured forward Marian Gaborik (knee) skated at practice, but Sutter said he might not be back for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "There's no way a player, unless he can play regular-season games, I have no interest playing him in the playoffs," he said. The Kings are still without Kris Versteeg, who was brought in to help replace Gaborik's scoring but has been out since March 19 with an injured left foot. He skated Wednesday but said he isn't sure when he'll be back.