FLAMES (5-6-1) at KINGS (5-6-0)
10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN1, FS-W, NHL.TV
Flames team scope
Calgary Flames coach Glen Gulutzan decided to mix up his lines and defense pairs to add size against one of the NHL's biggest teams and to generate more offense. Forward Johnny Gaudreau and center Sean Monahan were separated, with Gaudreau on the top line during the morning skate and Monahan on the third line. "Most of the dynamic duos in the League have been broken up at some point in time," Gulutzan said. "If you look at the results, we just weren't getting them. So that's the motivation. I don't think they were clicking the way they usually click and sometimes the separation is good for both parties." Defenseman Brett Kulak will dress, having earned more playing time after positive results in a 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann also will play in order to add size. "[We're] putting him into the game against a big strong team," Gulutzan said. "We wanted a little weight in the back end to get some bigger bodies against the wall and get a little presence back there." Gulutzan said forward Kris Versteeg will be out 2-3 weeks after sustaining a groin injury against the Sharks.
Kings team scope
Goaltender Peter Budaj is expected to make his ninth consecutive start for the Los Angeles Kings, with rookie Jack Campbell again serving as his backup. Coach Darryl Sutter said Jeff Zatkoff, who began the season as the backup behind starter Jonathan Quick, likely will be recovered from the groin injury that has sidelined him since Oct. 18 in time to be available for a five-game road trip that begins Tuesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Budaj, who started the season in the American Hockey League, was recalled after Quick went down with a groin injury on opening night and became the starter after Zatkoff was injured. He is 5-3-0 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in nine games (eight starts) with the Kings. That includes a stretch of seven starts in 12 nights. "I like to go on the ice and I like to do my things," Budaj said. "I don't necessarily like to not go on the ice personally, because even if I put the gear on for five or 10 minutes, it's better for me then if I don't." The Kings will be without defenseman Tom Gilbert for the second straight game; the NHL suspended him for three games for boarding forward Nick Ritchie of the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.
Flames projected lineup
Johnny Gaudreau -- Sam Bennett -- Troy Brouwer
Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland -- Sean Monahan -- Alex Chiasson
Lance Bouma -- Matt Stajan -- Freddie Hamilton
Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie
Brett Kulak -- Deryk Engelland
Nicklas Grossmann -- Dougie Hamilton
Scratched: Jyrki Jokipakka, Dennis Wideman
Injured: Kris Versteeg (groin), Ladislav Smid (neck)
Kings projected lineup
Tanner Pearson -- Anze Kopitar -- Teddy Purcell
Dwight King -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown -- Nic Dowd -- Devin Setoguchi
Kyle Clifford -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis
Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez
Kevin Gravel -- Matt Greene
Scratched: Jordan Nolan
Injured: Marian Gaborik (broken foot), Brayden McNabb (collarbone), Andy Andreoff (upper body), Jeff Zatkoff (groin), Jonathan Quick (groin)
Suspended : Tom Gilbert
The Kings used the same skaters from the game Thursday. … The Flames have not decided whether to call up another forward to replace Versteeg. Gulutzan said they will use the same lines from the morning skate and continue to monitor the situation.
Frolik has five points during a four-game point streak. Tkachuk has five points in five games, and Backlund has three points in four games. … Martinez had two points in the Kings' 3-2 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. Pearson's four goals in nine games leads Los Angeles.