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Kings can reclaim top division spot against Calgary

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


FLAMES IN TOWN: Tonight marks the third of four meetings with the Flames this season and Calgary’s second and final visit to STAPLES Center. The Flames are playing the third of a four-game road trip where they’ve gone 1-1-0 thus far; they’re coming off of a 8-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. The Kings are playing the first of a two-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

LINEUP: The Kings held an optional morning skate at the Toyota Sports Center in anticipation of tonight’s game. Nick Shore and Jamie McBain remained on the ice for extra work. The lines used in Monday’s game against San Jose are expected to ring true tonight. Kris Versteeg (lower body) and Matt Greene (IR) skated with the team but will not play. Jonathan Quick did not participate in the skate, but he’s the likely starter in net.

FORWARDS

PEARSON – KOPITAR – BROWN
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI
KING – LECAVALIER – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – DOWD – ANDREOFF
(SHORE)

DEFENSEMEN

MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
SCUDERI – SCHENN
(MCBAIN)

GOALTENDERS

QUICK
(ENROTH)

THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings are 2-0-0 against the Flames in their previous two match-ups with Calgary this season, winning 4-1 on December 31 at the Scotiabank Saddledome and 2-1 on February 23 at STAPLES Center. Tanner Pearson (2G, 1A) leads all Kings players in points scored against the Flames this season with three, Anze Kopitar (1G, 1A) close behind with two. Jonathan Quick has started in both games against the Flames, stopping 45 of the combined 47 shots faced.

FIGHT FOR FIRST: With the Flames’ loss to the Ducks Wednesday night, Anaheim surpassed the Kings to take the number one spot in the Pacific Division. The Kings can reclaim the top seed in their grouping with a win tonight. Each team has six games left on their schedule, and one head-to-head meeting remains when the Ducks visit STAPLES Center on April 7. With Anaheim idle tonight, can the Kings leap ahead of Anaheim with a win?

JOHNNY RECORD BOOKS: Goaltender Jonathan Quick carries a 38-21-4 record into tonight’s game, one-win shy of his all-time best and franchise record 39 wins, which he set during the 2009-’10 campaign. Mario Lessard’s 35 wins during the 1980-’81 season was the most for a Kings goaltender during a single season until Quick surpassed his mark 29 seasons later. Quick is 2-0-0 against the Flames this season with a 1.00 GAA and a .957 SV%.

Calgary tonight. #LAKings - Flames at 7:30, @staplescenterla

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CHASING 47: Coming into the night with 45 wins, the Kings can tie a franchise record of 46 with a victory over the Flames tonight. The Kings have won 46 games on four previous occasions, 1990-’91, 2009-’10, 2010-’11, and 2013-’14. With six games left on the regular season scheduled, only two wins are needed for the club to post their most wins in a single season in franchise history.

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 7:00 PM PST on Fox Sports West, followed with Nick Nickson and Jim Fox on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop just after 7:30. You can listen to Jon Rosen and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.

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