FIRST WITH FLAMES:
Tonight marks the first of four meetings with the Flames this season, and the first of two at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames are playing the final of a four-game home stand where they’ve gone 2-1-0 thus far, they’re coming off of a 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. The Kings are finishing off a four-game road trip where they’ve gone 3-0-0 thus far, they’re coming off of a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate at the Scotiabank Saddledome in anticipation of tonight’s game. Jeff Carter took the ice, but did not partake in line rushes and is not expected to play tonight. Jordan Weal and Jamie McBain remained on the ice for extra work and are tonight’s presumed healthy scratches. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and will start in net.
LUCIC – KOPITAR – TOFFOLI
PEARSON – SHORE – GABORIK
KING – LEWIS – BROWN
MERSCH – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
(WEAL – CARTER)
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
FORBORT – EHRHOFF
HOT IN CALGARY: The Flames, after a rough start to their season, have posted a 9-3-0 record in December, and up until Tuesday night’s loss against Anaheim, had won 11 consecutive games on home ice. Johnny Gaudreau, seventh in the NHL this season in points scored with 37 (17G, 22A), totaled eight points (4G, 4A) in five meetings against the Kings last season. He has five goals in his last three games and six points (5G, 1A) in the last four.
BOTTOM OF THE BARREL: Despite the Flames’ resurgence, they still rank among the worst in the NHL in a number of statistical categories. Coming into tonight, the Flames are allowing a league-high 3.22 goals per game, have the lowest power play success rate at 12.6%, and the lowest penalty kill success rate at 74.7%. The Kings, meanwhile, are second in the NHL with 2.06 GAA.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings went 1-2-2 in their five meetings against the Flames last season, both regulation losses coming in Calgary where the Kings only scored one goal in each visits off the sticks of Tyler Toffoli and Jordan Nolan. The Kings’ lone win against the Flames last season came on February 12, 2015 at STAPLES Center, a 5-3 victory, Tyler Toffoli registering a hat-trick and four points (3G, 1A).
BACK IN THE SADDLE: The Kings had their seven-game point streak at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome snapped just over a year ago today on December 29, 2014 in their 2-1 loss to the Flames. Prior to that loss, the Kings had racked up a 6-0-1 record in regular season visits to Calgary that began on February 5, 2011. Can the Kings return to their winning ways in Calgary tonight?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 5:30 PM PST on Fox Sports West, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play from the Scotiabank Saddledome for puck drop just after 6:00. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.