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ROYAL ROAD REPORT: LABARBERA IN NET

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
CALGARY - The Kings struggled in just their fourth game outside of the state of California (2-2-0), suffering a 6-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. Previously, the Kings had defeated the Blues at St. Louis, 4-0 on Oct. 24, before falling at Nashville the next night, 5-4, the Kings previous season-high in goals allowed. The Kings also defeated the Stars at Dallas on Nov. 13, 3-2.


The loss dropped the Kings record to 8-9-3 overall and 2-4-0 on the road. The Kings will face the Edmonton Oilers (9-9-2) tomorrow night at 7 p.m. and will host a viewing party at Redondo Beach Cafe for tomorrow's game against former King Lubomir Visnovsky and the Oilers. Fans are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 p.m. as Kings color analyst Jim Fox will take part in an informal ceremony where Redondo Beach Cafe names the Chicken Noodle Soup after the Kings television personality.

“WE’VE GOT TO GET OUT OF CALGARY”
Kings coach Terry Murray didn’t have too many positive things to say about his squad after a 6-2 loss in Calgary to the Flames.

“Give all the credit to Calgary tonight,” Murray said. “They were tremendous.”

Simply put, the Flames are a much better team right now than the Kings, Murray said.

“That’s all there was to it tonight,” he noted. “They beat us in every area of the ice … shots, goals, they controlled the boards. The made all kinds of plays whenever they wanted to make plays. That’s maybe where we’ve got to get to as a young hockey club. When we start to grow and improve in a lot of those areas, maybe some year we’ll be as good as they are right now.”

When asked what it will take to rebound with a better effort against the Oilers in Edmonton on Wednesday night, Murray said: “We’ve got to get out of Calgary, that’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to leave town.”

Kings captain Dustin Brown was a bit more optimistic about his squad being able to put forth a better effort against the Oilers.
"That’s a four-point game for us," Brown said, noting a win would vault the Kings past the Oilers in the Western Conference standings. "We’ve got to kind of forget about this one and go."

LABARBERA BACK IN THE NET
After watching the past 10 games from the bench, goalie Jason LaBarbera returned to action against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night at the Saddledome.

Eric Ersberg made his 10th consecutive start for the Kings, but gave way to LaBarbera at 10:07 of the second after giving up four goals on 18 shots during the 6-2 loss.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, LaBarbera last saw action during a 20-save performance in a 3-2 loss to the Flames at home on Nov. 1.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound goalie made 15 saves in a relief appearance in Calgary. LaBarbers is expected to get the start Wednesday night in Edmonton when the Kings head north to face the Oilers.

FORMER KINGS LEAD FLAMES TO WIN
Mike Cammalleri scored once while Craig Conroy set up three goals to lead the Calgary Flames to a convincing 6-2 win over the Kings in Calgary.

“The guys played great and it was fun,” Conroy said.

Cammalleri played on a line with center Matthew Lombardi and right winger Jarome Iginla.

“It felt really good for me,” Cammalleri said of playing on Calgary’s top line. “You want to try and contribute whenever you can. It’s a huge confidence booster when you see the puck go in the net.”

CALDER GEARED UP TO FACE OILERS
In his profile on LAKings.com, Kyle Calder lists his favorite road arena as Rexall Place in Edmonton.

The Kings left winger is now gearing up to face the Oilers for the first time this season in Edmonton on Wednesday night.

“I was an Oilers fan growing up so it’s always nice to play against them,” said Calder, who grew up in Mannville, about 100 miles east of Edmonton. “It’s always great to come back here.”

Calder’s parents Bill and Diane made the trip to Calgary and Edmonton to watch their son play back-to-back games with the Kings.

Calder played in the Western Hockey League for the Regina Pats and Kamloops Blazers before embarking on his NHL career which has seen him make stops in Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit before signing a two-year contract with the Kings in July of 2007.

NOTES:
The Kings have now lost six straight games to the Flames at the Saddledome and have only two wins in their past 10 games overall against Calgary...Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff has a 7-1-0 record in his past eight games against the Kings...The six goals Calgary scored are the most this season by an opponent against the Kings, who gave up five goals during a one-goal loss on the road to the Nashville Predators on Oct. 25.

Compiled By Reports From Laurence Heinen

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