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Flames at Kings preview

Calgary aims for third straight road win; Los Angeles tries to end five-game losing streak

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (29-22-6) at KINGS (19-33-5)

10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1

 

The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will try to end a five-game losing streak when they play the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on Wednesday.

The Kings are 2-12-1 in 2020. They're last in the Western Conference and 21 points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Flames trail the Edmonton Oilers by two points for second in the Pacific Division and go for their third straight road win. It would be their third road winning streak of at least three games this season. They won four in a row from Nov. 27-Dec. 22 and three straight from Dec. 27-Jan. 7.

 

Players to watch

Flames forward Elias Lindholm has seven points (two goals, five assists) during a seven-game point streak. He has an assist in four straight games. 

Kings forward Trevor Moore scored in a 4-1 loss at the New York Rangers on Sunday, his first point since being acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 5.

 

They said it

"It's about keeping pucks alive, keeping plays alive, winning loose pucks. That's the key for us if we want to continue having success." -- Flames forward Milan Lucic on the second power-play unit

"He's stepped in and kind of put the systems into his game right away, which is hard to do, so I'm really impressed with him." -- Kings center Blake Lizotte on forward Trevor Moore

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Andrew Mangiapane -- Mikael Backlund -- Matthew Tkachuk

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

Zac Rinaldo -- Mark Jankowski -- Tobias Rieder

Noah Hanifin -- Rasmus Andersson

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Oliver Kylington -- Alexander Yelesin

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Buddy Robinson, Sam Bennett

Injured: Travis Hamonic (shoulder), Mark Giordano (hamstring), Juuso Valimaki (knee)

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Adrian Kempe -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Trevor Moore -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis

Joakim Ryan -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Sean Walker

Derek Forbort -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Calvin Petersen

Scratched: Ben Hutton, Martin Frk, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: None

 

Status report

Yelesin is expected to make his NHL debut. … Frk was recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League. He's scored three goals in four games with the Kings this season. Forward Carl Grundstrom was assigned to Ontario.

 

Stat pack

The Flames are 1 for 11 (9 percent) on the power play in three games (1-1-1) against the Kings this season. … Doughty has five points (two goals, three assists) in three games against the Flames this season after he had 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in his first 45.

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