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Flames try to rebound against Kings

by Brian Compton

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


Season series -- This is the first of four meetings between the teams. Calgary went 3-1 against Los Angeles last season, although three of the four contests had 2-1 outcomes.

Big story -- Calgary returns home after the 4-0 thumping it received at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. The Flames struggled from start to finish at Rexall Place and face another big test in their home opener against the Kings, who are primed to build off the 2009-10 season that saw him qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Team Scope :

Kings -- Los Angeles opened its season in impressive fashion Saturday night, as it came away with a 2-1 shootout win at Vancouver. Justin Williams scored the lone goal in regulation for the Kings, while Jack Johnson beat Roberto Luongo in the shootout to secure the victory. Jonathan Quick was solid between the pipes in a 23-save effort.

Flames -- After what transpired in Edmonton on Thursday night, the effort needs to be better as Calgary plays its first game in front of its home fans. While the Flames did record 37 shots on Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, they allowed 19 shots in the opening period and failed to play with any discipline. Calgary also experienced a very difficult time trying to keep up with the young Oilers, who boast a tremendous amount of speed.

"We just didn't come ready to play," Flames forward Rene Bourque said. "Mentally, we were in La-La Land, it felt like. We couldn't get anything done, we couldn't get anything going."

Who's hot -- Williams scored on the power play for Los Angeles on Saturday night and recorded three shots on goal. He had 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 49 games for the Kings last season.

Injury report -- Kings defenseman Matt Greene is expected to return later this month from a shoulder injury. … For the Flames, Daymond Langkow (neck), Ales Kotalik (knee), Matt Stajan (shoulder) and David Moss (shoulder) are out.

Stat pack -- According to the official opening-night rosters, the Kings opened the 2010-11 season with the youngest average age in the NHL at 25.4. The addition of teenagers Kyle Clifford and Brayden Schenn -- put the Kings atop that category.

Puck drop -- "(Flames coach) Brent (Sutter) has set goals for us. He wants us to be in the top 10 on the power play and the top 10 in penalty kill. The top teams that have done that over the course of the past years have always been successful teams and playoff teams." -- Calgary forward Alex Tanguay

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