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Hot Kings look to douse Flames, Hiller

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings



FLAMES (17-15-3) at KINGS (17-11-6)

7:30PM PT, TV: KCOP-13; RADIO: AM 790 KABC

HOT TOPIC: This is the first of five meetings with Calgary this season; the Kings will travel to Alberta to see the Flames for their second meeting of the year at the Scotiabank Saddledome one week from today. The Kings are playing the third game of their four-game home stand tonight; they’ve posted a 2-0-0 record thus far. Calgary comes into the night having lost their last eight games (0-7-1). The Flames are coming off of a 3-2 OT loss to the Canucks Saturday night in Vancouver.

SAMESIES: Tonight’s lineup configuration should be the same is it was Saturday night against Arizona. Jonathan Quick, who left the ice first at this morning’s skate, will make his 28th start of the season. Andy Andreoff, who was recalled over the weekend after completing his conditioning stint with the Manchester Monarchs, stayed on the ice for extra work along with Jeff Schultz and Jordan Nolan; expect those three to be healthy scratches tonight. In 16 career starts against Calgary, Quick is 9-4-3.

HOT HOT HOT: The Kings’ offense is coming into the night with a combined 10 goals scored in their previous two games. Anze Kopitar is responsible for scoring one of them, and provided assists on seven others. Kopitar was named this week’s NHL’s first star. Jeff Carter comes into the night having registered six points (3G, 3A) in the previous two games. Marian Gaborik, the hottest King on the roster right now, is riding a four-game scoring streak into tonight’s contest, where he’s totaled eight points (6G, 2A).

OFF YEAR, ON YEAR: Calgary hasn’t paid a visit to Los Angeles in well over a calendar year. Last season, the Flames won in both of their visits. In 2012-’13, they lost both games at STAPLES Center, in 2011-’12, they won both visits, and in 2010-’11, they lost in both visits. Can the Kings keep their off-year, on-year trend going against the Flames at STAPLES Center with a win tonight?

POWER PLAYING: The Kings’ power play has attributed for five of the club’s 10 goals scored during the previous two games; they’re 5-for-11 on the man-advantage in those two contests. The Flames come into the night sporting the NHL’s fifth-worst penalty kill unit, chiming in with a 77.3% success rate. Can the Kings take advantage of any power play opportunities they are granted tonight?

THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings dropped both of their games against the Flames last season at STAPLES Center, but were victorious in each of their three visits to Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary’s previous visit to Los Angeles, coming on November 30 of last season, saw the Flames win 2-1. Justin Williams scored the Kings’ lone goal, beating Karri Ramo with a wrist shot high to the blocker side. Former King Michal Cammalleri scored the game-winning-goal for Calgary with :23 seconds to play in regulation time. Ben Scrivens made 18 saves in the loss for the Kings.

FLAMING HOT

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 7:00 on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on KCOP-13 from STAPLES Center for puck drop at 7:30PM PT.

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