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Jagr, 45, making Calgary debut; Los Angeles seeking first 3-0-0 start since 2002

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

FLAMES (2-1-0) at KINGS (2-0-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-W, NHL.TV 

 

The Game

Forward Jaromir Jagr will begin his 24th NHL season when he makes his debut for the Calgary Flames against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Jagr, who signed a one-year contract worth $1 million and can receive another $1 million in incentives, has spent the week getting up to speed with the Flames. He played 82 games with the Florida Panthers last season, scoring 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) averaging 16:59 minutes of ice time.

Jagr will play on a line with Sam Bennett and Kris Versteeg. Flames coach Glen Gulutzan plans to monitor Jagr's workload after he did not participate in training camp or preseason games.

The Kings are seeking their first three-game winning streak to start a season since 2002-03.

Goalie Jonathan Quick (2-0-0) has stopped 59 of 60 shots (0.50 goals against average, .983 save percentage).

 

Players to watch

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past two games, including three power-play assists.

Kings center Anze Kopitar had three points (two goals, one assist) in a 4-1 win against San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Kopitar did not have a multi-point game until the 19th game of the 2016-17 season.

 

They said it

"I've played with all-stars and Conn Smythe winners and MVPs and everything, but, obviously, he's in pretty much the only class by himself." -- Flames forward Kris Versteeg, on playing with Jagr

"It's not about me. It's about the team and about my teammates. I want to help them. I don't want to be there just to be there. I want to help them, make them better." -- Jaromir Jagr, on what he hopes to contribute 

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Jaromir Jagr

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Tanner Glass -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Matt Bartkowski -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Freddie Hamilton, Brett Kulak, Curtis Lazar

Injured: Marek Hrivik (upper body)

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Michael Cammalleri -- Adrian Kempe -- Andy Andreoff

Kyle Clifford -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Christian Folin

Kurtis MacDermid -- Oscar Fantenberg

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Jonny Brodzinski, Nic Dowd, Paul LaDue

Injured: Alec Martinez (lower body)

 

Status report

Martinez skated before practice but coach John Stevens has yet to announce a timetable for his return.

 

Stat pack

Jagr has scored 765 goals in his NHL career; the other 13 forwards on the Calgary roster have combined for 964. ... Smith ranks 10th in the NHL with a .957 save percentage.

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