GAME: Los Angeles Kings (28-26-16-7) at Calgary Flames (39-29-7-3).
TIME: Saturday, 6 p.m. EST.
The Los Angeles Kings look to snap a six-game losing streak and get back in
the race for a Western Conference playoff spot as they visit the Calgary
The Kings lost 3-1 to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, falling five points
behind Nashville for the eighth and final playoff spot with five games
"We gave too much of the physical side," said coach Andy Murray. "When
that's happening, you get the type of shot opportunities that they were
Ian Laperriere scored the lone goal for Los Angeles, but left the game with
a hand injury and did not return.
The Kings won't have it easy as they close out their season. Including this
game, they play two against the sixth-plance Flames, two against second-place
San Jose and one against third-place Colorado.
The Flames lost 3-2 to the Sharks on Thursday for their third loss in four
San Jose's Vincent Damphousse scored the game-winner with 23.2 seconds left,
bouncing the puck off goalie Miikka Kiprusoff's leg and into the net.
Calgary coach Darryl Sutter wasn't impressed by the goal.
"I know Vinny. That's goalie interference," he said. "That's the
referee's job. ... We knew we'd have our hands full because of the way they
played in the first period. It's frustrating, because I thought we played
The Flames, who have won four of seven, climbed back from a 2-0 deficit,
thanks to goals from Martin Gelinas and Oleg Saprykin in the final half of the
Gelinas has scored in two straight games after getting just one goal in the
Flames' last 24.
STANDINGS: Kings - 79 points, 3rd place, 19 PB, Pacific Division. Flames -
88 points, 3rd place, 6 PB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Kings - Alexander Frolov, 24 goals; Luc Robitaille and Jozef
Stumpel, 29 assists; Robitaille, 51 points; Sean Avery, 242 PIM. Flames -
Jarome Iginla, 39 goals and 69 points; Craig Conroy, 37 assists; Krzysztof
Oliwa, 247 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 25): Kings - Power play: 14.2 percent (48 for
337), 26th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.1 percent (258 for 318), 27th. Flames -
Power play: 15 percent (51 for 340), 22nd. Penalty killing: 84.6 percent (281
for 332), 12th.
GOALTENDERS: Kings - Roman Cechmanek (18-18-6, 5 SO, 2.50 GAA); Cristobal
Huet (10-14-10, 3, 2.40). Flames - Roman Turek (6-10-0, 3, 2.35); Miikka
Kiprusoff (21-10-4, 3, 1.73)
SEASON SERIES: Kings, 1-0-1.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 3; Tie, 4-4. At Calgary, Alberta, Iginla recorded a hat
trick, but Los Angeles scored twice in the second period to force overtime.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Kings - 13-12-7-6 on the road; Flames - 19-14-5-1 at