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Gaudreau trying for best three-game start in NHL career for Calgary; Campbell expected in goal for Los Angeles

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

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

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

 

The Game

Johnny Gaudreau will try to maintain his fast start when the Calgary Flames play the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old forward has five points (two goals, three assists) in two games, his best start through the first two games of a season in his NHL career. Gaudreau's best start through three games is seven points (one goal, six assists) in 2018-19.

David Rittich will make his third consecutive start for Calgary. Rittich, who made 34 saves in a 3-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, is 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.

Jack Campbell is expected to make his first start of the season for Los Angeles after Jonathan Quick started in a 6-5 loss at the Edmonton Oilers in the Kings' season opener Saturday. Los Angeles plays at the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

 

Players to watch

Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty, who scored against Edmonton, had 45 points (eight goals, 37 assists) in 82 games last season.

Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk, who has one assist in two games, had an NHL career-high 77 points (34 goals, 43 assists) in 80 games last season.

 

They said it

"This first go-round, these three games, we're trying to figure the players out and they're trying to figure us out. We talked about shuffling lines and moving pairs after Game 1 but I don't even know if that's fair. We have to give everybody an opportunity to clean up either a weaker game or build on a strong one." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"We were better in Game 2 than we were in Game 1, and we need to be better in Game 3 than we were on Saturday night. That's the way we're looking at it. There's some good things we did on Saturday and we've got to do those good things on a consistent basis." -- Flames coach Bill Peters

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Adrian Kempe -- Jeff Carter

Carl Grundstrom -- Blake Lizotte -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis

Tobias Bjornfot -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Matt Roy

Ben Hutton -- Sean Walker

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Kurtis MacDermid, Austin Wagner, Joakim Ryan

Injured: Derek Forbort (back)

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Sam Bennett

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Andrew Mangiapane

Tobias Rieder -- Mark Jankowski -- Michael Frolik

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Austin Czarnik, Michael Stone

Injured: None

 

Status report

Grundstrom will play in place of Wagner, who is expected to be a scratch. …Bennett will skate on Calgary's second line in place of Frolik, who will play on the fourth line.

 

Stat pack

Kopitar had a goal and two assists and Brown had a goal and an assist against Edmonton on Saturday. … Monahan has three points (two goals, one assist) in two games.

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