FLAMES (8-13-4) at KINGS (16-6-4)
7:00PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 1150
MAKE IT A DOZEN: The Kings are riding an 11-game point streak (7-0-4) into tonight’s contest, and have tied a franchise record with that mark. The Kings posted 11-game streaks in only two previous seasons: 1973-1974 (9-0-2) and 2010-2011 (8-0-3). During the Kings’ current point streak, they’ve outscored opponents 26-14. If the Kings beat the Calgary Flames in regulation tonight, or even force them into OT, they’ll set a new franchise record.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: And stay out of it. This is the second of five meetings with the Calgary Flames this season, and the final one at STAPLES Center. The previous meeting, on October 21st, saw the Flames’ T.J. Brodie bury the game-winner with :29.2 seconds remaining in OT, giving Calgary a 3-2 victory. All three of Calgary’s goals came during man-advantage situations. Can the Kings stay out of the penalty box tonight in their second go-around the Flames?
BENNY ON THE SPOT: There’s no question who the Kings are going to continue to depend on in the crease until Jonathan Quick returns from his hamstring injury in a few weeks. Head Coach Darryl Sutter made that clear on Friday to the media in regards to Ben Scrivens:
"Our schedule, we play three back-to-backs in December, but … days in between games, we go two, three, two, four, Christmas," he told the media. "Really, there's 15 games, counting Nov. 30, in 32 days. It's set up for one guy."
And for obvious reason. Ben Scrivens, since taking over for Quick, is 5-0-3 in eight starts, and leads the NHL with a 1.48 GAA and a magnificent .947 SV%.
START EARLY: Calgary has struggled to deposit goals in the first 20 minutes of games, getting outscored 27-14 in the first period of contests this season. This is something the Kings should look to exploit, especially coming off two consecutive games where they’ve tallied the first goal in the first period. Kyle Clifford scored 13:47 minutes into Monday’s date in Vancouver, and Jeff Carter scored :18 seconds into Wednesday’s date in San Jose. Who’s the early bird tonight?
STARTING EARLY: The Kings are pulling their second ‘Hockey Night In Canada” broadcast this season on CBC. For that, the puck will drop a bit earlier than usual at STAPLES Center. Do everything a half-hour earlier, because the puck drops at 7:00PM tonight. The Kings looked good in their last Nationally Televised game in Canada, rolling over the Vancouver Canucks 5-1. Give us the spotlight.
DREW IT UP: Speaking of early goals, and those that have come against the Calgary Flames, look at Drew Doughty, who buried the first goal in the Kings’ last meeting with the Flames, 18:36 minutes into play. It was a top-shelf beauty past goaltender Karri Ramo. Doughty scored the game-tying goal for the Kings Wednesday night in San Jose, but has only three points (3A) in his eight games prior. Can Doughty find red against the Flames tonight?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 6:30 on FOX SPORTS WEST followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center at 7:00.