CALGARY -- The Los Angeles Kings hope to keep their post-Olympic roll going when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.
The Kings have won seven straight dating to their final game prior to the Olympic break, the fourth-longest stretch in club history and longest since establishing a new franchise mark at nine from Jan. 21-Feb. 6, 2010.
"I think we're just back playing with confidence," said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. "We had a little bit of a down slope right before the Olympics. The guys really took it upon themselves to turn things around. We were drifting out of a playoff spot. We need to get back into that. We know how good this team can be when we do get into the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs."
The stingy Kings have allowed 10 goals during the streak. More surprisingly, Los Angeles has had an offensive outburst, finding the back of the net 22 times during the run.
The spike in offense, much like the Kings' turnaround, isn't much of a surprise to coach Darryl Sutter.
"We were a high-scoring team last year," said Sutter, whose Kings also have won five straight games in Calgary. "You have to break it down into personnel. We've had two or three guys that haven't had the offensive goal-scoring type of year that they had last year. You expect them to do that and they do that.
"Jeff [Carter] led the conference in scoring last year. Mike [Richards] and [Dustin] Brown are looked on as guys that can give you goals. We didn't lose anybody that was an offensive guy so you're still counting on your guys that are used to scoring.
"To be quite honest it's not that big of deal. If you make the playoffs, playoffs are low scoring. It's not about stars, it's about teams that check well and if you score big goals, different guys get hot at different times. High-scoring teams aren't the best teams; it's the differential."
The Kings visit a Calgary team almost equally hot on home ice. The Flames have won seven of their past eight games at Scotiabank Saddledome, with their only blemish coming in a 2-0 loss to Los Angeles on Feb. 27.
Coach Bob Hartley and his team are more than aware and prepared for the challenge of the streaking Kings.
"We're playing a pressure game just like the Kings and obviously they're much bigger than us, but it doesn't matter," Hartley said. "It's the fight that we put in our game that matters. Size is one thing, but I look at [forward] Paul Byron and he has the heart of a guy who is 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds."
That size matchup could get leveled a bit due to the uncertain status of Kings forward Jordan Nolan. The 6-foot-3, 221-pounder had a phone hearing Monday with the NHL Department of Player Safety regarding his punch to Edmonton Oilers left wing Jesse Joensuu during the second period Sunday at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
Here are the projected lineups for the Flames and Kings:
Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Tyler Toffoli - Mike Richards - Jeff Carter
Dwight King - Jarret Stoll - Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford - Trevor Lewis - Tanner Pearson
Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr - Slava Voynov
Willie Mitchell - Alec Martinez
Scratched: Matt Greene, Jordan Nolan
Mike Cammalleri - Mikael Backlund - Lance Bouma
TJ Galiardi - Sean Monahan - Joe Colborne
Max Reinhart - Markus Granlund - Paul Byron
Ben Hanowski - Corban Knight - Brian McGrattan
Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Kris Russell - Chris Butler
Ladislav Smid - Tyler Wotherspoon
Scratched: Matt Stajan
Injured: Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain), David Jones (upper body), Kevin Westgarth (upper body), Jiri Hudler (lower body), Dennis Wideman (upper body), Karri Ramo (lower body)