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Flames at Kings preview

Calgary seeks third straight win; L.A. tries to avoid fourth loss in row

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (4-3-1) at KINGS (2-5-0)

10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, CBC, SN360, SN1, CITY, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game 

The Calgary Flames will try for their third straight win when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

The Flames have outscored opponents 8-2 in their past two games, including a 5-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. Calgary is playing the first game of a back-to-back.

The Kings lost 3-0 to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, their second straight shutout and third straight defeat.

Los Angeles won 4-3 in overtime at Calgary on Oct. 8, with Drew Doughty scoring the winning goal.


Players to watch

Flames forward Elias Lindholm has scored in three consecutive games and leads the team with five goals.

Kings center Anze Kopitar has 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 55 games against the Flames. Kopitar needs four points for 900 in his NHL career.


They said it

"They came out and definitely outplayed us in the first half of that game in Calgary, which we didn't like. We got to come out with a way better start, but I think if we play the way we did in the second half of that game we'll be a lot more successful." -- Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on the 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings on Oct. 8

"Analytically, and I'm not a true true-believer in analytics, there's a lot of positive things with our team. But the page you look at first is always the standings, and we're not where we'd like to be. But we also know where we are on the evolution line." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan 


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm   

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik 

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Sam Bennett   

Tobias Rieder -- Mark Jankowski -- Austin Czarnik  

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie 

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic 

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich 

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Michael Stone

Injured: Andrew Mangiapane (undisclosed)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown   

Jeff Carter -- Blake Lizotte -- Tyler Toffoli   

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Adrian Kempe -- Trevor Lewis  

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Austin Wagner   

Ben Hutton -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Sean Walker

Kurtis MacDermid -- Matt Roy 

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Nikolai Prokhorkin

Injured: Derek Forbort (back) 


Status report

Mangiapane did not travel with the Flames, Flames coach Bill Peters said. Mangiapane, who was injured against the Red Wings on Thursday, is expected to return when the Flames host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. … The Kings recalled Prokhorkin from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Friday. … Kings defenseman Tobias Bjornfot, the No. 22 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, and forward Carl Grundstrom were assigned to the AHL on Friday. Bjornfot, 18, will spend this season in the United States instead of returning to Sweden, McLellan said Friday.  


Stat pack

Tkachuk has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 12 games against the Kings. … Doughty has 21 points (three goals, 18 assists) in 46 games against the Flames. … The Kings have not been shut out in three consecutive games since Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2016 against the St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks.

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