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Calgary hopes to extend lead in division, conference; Los Angeles has won two straight following 1-6-0 skid

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

KINGS (27-39-8) at FLAMES (47-21-7)

9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game

The Calgary Flames could extend their lead for first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference against the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.

The Flames, who have won three in a row and are 6-1-0 in their past seven games, lead the second-place San Jose Sharks by six points. Each team has seven games remaining, including one against each other at San Jose on March 31. The Sharks play the Detroit Red Wings at SAP Center on Monday. 

The Kings have won two straight after getting one win in their previous seven games (1-6-0) and four wins in 20 (4-12-4). They have been eliminated from contention for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 


Players to watch

Kings forward Dustin Brown has six points (three goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak.

Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in his past seven games. 


They said it

"This has been a trying year for everyone. Obviously it's unacceptable. Extremely disappointed. But there's no quit in this room regardless of what the situation is. We need guys to play hard and I'm confident that we will. We can use this as an opportunity to start doing things the right way and taking a step forward." -- Kings defenseman Alec Martinez

"It's another two huge points. We want to clinch (the division) as soon as possible. You want to win the division. Everybody wants that. Every game is really important. All 82 games are really important. It's going to come down to the end. But it's a fun challenge. Challenges are fun." -- Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Carl Grundstrom -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli  

Kyle Clifford -- Jeff Carter -- Trevor Lewis   

Austin Wagner -- Jonny Brodzinski   

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Matt Roy

Dion Phaneuf -- Sean Walker

Kurtis MacDermid

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Ilya Kovalchuk, Michael Amadio

Injured: Brendan Leipsic (lower body)


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

James Neal -- Mark Jankowski -- Austin Czarnik

Andrew Mangiapane -- Derek Ryan -- Garnet Hathaway

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oscar Fantenberg -- Rasmus Andersson

Mike Smith

David Rittich

Scratched: Alan Quine, Oliver Kylington, Michael Stone, Dalton Prout

Injured: Sam Bennett (upper body)


Status report

The Kings are expected to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. … Kovalchuk did not travel with Los Angeles on its three-game Western Canada road trip. …Smith will start his third straight game. 


Stat pack

Kopitar has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games. … Gaudreau has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past six games. …Giordano has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) during a seven-game point streak.

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