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Los Angeles is 0-9-1 in past 10 on road; Calgary looking to extend point streak to six

by Aaron Vickers / Independent Correspondent

KINGS (11-17-2) at FLAMES (14-12-4)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will try to get their first win in 11 games on the road when they play the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

The Kings are 0-9-1 in their past 10 away from home, including a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Los Angeles, which has lost three in a row overall, has not won on the road since a 3-2 victory at the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 22.

Calgary, which is 8-3-2 at home, is 4-0-1 in its past five games after going 0-5-1 in its previous six.


Players to watch

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty leads the NHL in ice time per game at 25:44 but has one assist in his past seven games.

Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has five points (one goal, four assists) in a four-game point streak and is one shy of 200 in the NHL.


They said it

"We have to figure out how to not fall behind and essentially score the first goal and play with the lead. It's a lot more fun playing with the lead. It's way better and we're going to have to figure it out." -- Kings captain Anze Kopitar

"You can tell we have a lot more confidence in our game right now. That just brings a lot more energy to the room. Things are going well. There's a weight off your shoulders. You just go out there and play." -- Flames goalie Cam Talbot


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Jeff Carter -- Michael Amadio -- Tyler Toffoli

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Kyle Clifford -- Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Trevor Lewis

Sean Walker -- Drew Doughty

Joakim Ryan -- Matt Roy

Ben Hutton -- Paul LaDue

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Kurtis MacDermid, Ilya Kovalchuk, Matt Luff

Injured: Derek Forbort (back), Alec Martinez (wrist)


Flames projected lineup

Matthew Tkachuk -- Elias Lindholm -- Andrew Mangiapane

Mikael Backlund -- Sean Monahan -- Dillon Dube

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Johnny Gaudreau

Zac Rinaldo -- Tobias Rieder -- Michael Frolik

Mark Giordano -- Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Cam Talbot

David Rittich

Scratched: Mark Jankowski, Oliver Kylington

Injured: Sam Bennett (upper body), Austin Czarnik (lower body)


Status report

Campbell could play after Quick started and made 18 saves in the loss to Edmonton. … Talbot will make his first start in eight games. … Rinaldo could play after being a healthy scratch the past four games.


Stat pack

Kopitar is three points from tying Wayne Gretzky (918) for fourth in Kings history. … Monahan has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. ... Lucic scored his first goal with the Flames in a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and is one shy of 200 in the NHL. … Backlund is one assist from 200 in the NHL.

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