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Kings look for positive against Flames in season's road finale

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


BUSINESS IN ALBERTA: Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting with the Flames this season and the Kings’ second of two visits to Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames are playing the first of a two-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 5-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. The Kings are completing a two-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.

LINEUP: The Kings held morning meetings at the Scotiabank Saddledome while Andy Andreoff, Nic Dowd, Kevin Gravel, and Nick Shore took the ice with Jhonas Enroth for a highly optional pregame skate. It is unclear if any changes will be made to the lineup used Monday night in Vancouver, Darryl Sutter did not provide any updates on Alec Martinez. The starting goaltender will be known once the team takes the ice for warm-ups. Monday night’s lineup is shown below:

FORWARDS

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

DEFENSEMEN

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

GOALTENDERS

QUICK
(ENROTH)

THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings have posted a perfect 3-0-0 record against the Flames in their three previous meetings with Calgary this season, winning on two occasions at STAPLES Center on February 23 and March 31, and once at the Scotiabank Saddledome on December 31. The Kings have outscored the Flames 9-2 this season; Jonathan Quick has started all three games against Calgary, stopping 66 of a combined 68 shots faced. Anze Kopitar leads all Kings players in points scored against the Flames this season with four (1G, 3A), Jeff Carter in goals scored (2).

ROAD FINALE: Tonight marks the Kings’ 41st and final road game on their 2015-’16 regular season schedule. Having played well away from Los Angeles for the majority of the season, the Kings have lost each of their last five games away from STAPLES Center, dropping their road record to 21-16-3. The Kings were eliminated from the postseason last year in their 3-1 loss to the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on April 9, 2015; they snapped a three-game losing streak at Calgary’s home arena with their 4-1 win on December 31.

TURNAROUND TIME: With three games left on the regular season schedule the Kings are looking to put their recent play to the wayside, a stretch that has seen them go 2-6-0 in their last eight games, getting outscored 26-19 during that span. “If you look at our play in the last eight games I think there's something more important on the line and that's getting our game back the way it was before we clinched that playoff spot,” Milan Lucic said. “We have to find that spark again and play with some excitement and play with some positive energy and go out and play with that fire and intensity that makes us a good team. There's a lot to play for with three games left."

PACIFIC PUSH: The Kings can reclaim first-place in the Pacific division tonight with a win over the Flames and an Anaheim Ducks regulation or SO/OT loss; the Ducks host the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Center. The Kings host the Ducks Thursday night at STAPLES Center for a head-to-head match up.

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 5:30 PM PST on KCOP – Channel 13, followed with Nick Nickson and Jim Fox with the live play-by-play call from the Scotiabank Saddledome for puck drop just after 6:00. You can listen to Jon Rosen and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.

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