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Sutter brothers to meet again

by Mike G. Morreale
FLAMES (21-20-6) at KINGS (23-15-9)


Last 10: Flames 3-5-2, Kings 5-1-4

Season series: This will be the second of four meetings this season and second in six days between the clubs. Los Angeles snapped Calgary's eight-game home winning streak last Saturday with a 4-1 victory as Mike Richards had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 29 saves. The Kings are 13-10-3 at Staples Center this season, but have won just twice in their last five home games (2-1-2).

Big story: Strap in for Round 2 between the Sutter brothers at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Kings coach Darryl Sutter earned the victory last Saturday when his team defeated the club he once worked with for eight years as coach and general manager. In the process, he also got the best of his younger brother, Flames coach Brent. After the win, the Kings gave Sutter the game puck and gave him an ovation in the locker room. Sutter told the media he was going to give the puck to his 18-year-old son, Chris, who was in attendance.

Team Scope:

Flames: Calgary suffered its sixth straight road loss Tuesday in a 2-1 shootout setback to the San Jose Sharks. The team has just four victories in its last 15 games away from Scotiabank Saddledome, on the way to compiling an 8-14-4 road record. The Flames may have suffered an even bigger loss Tuesday when leading goal-scorer Curtis Glencross left midway through the contest with a knee injury. Defenseman Scott Hannan returned to the lineup and earned 20:19 of ice time against the Sharks after missing the previous four games with an upper-body injury.

Kings: Quick stopped 32 shots through overtime, and two of three in the shootout before Richards beat Roberto Luongo high on the glove side in the final round to give Los Angeles a 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday. It marked the ninth time in 15 games the Kings played past regulation, and they improved to 9-1-5 in that time for the season. Quick now is 20-11-8 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 39 starts.

Who's hot: Kings center Anze Kopitar has 3 goals and 7 points during a five-game point-scoring streak. He leads the team in power-play goals (6), assists (29) and points (43).

Injury report: The Flames are without forwards Brendan Morrison (upper body), Alex Tanguay (undisclosed), Glencross (knee), Matt Stajan (ankle) and David Moss (foot), and defenseman Derek Smith (ankle). …  Forwards Simon Gagne (concussion) and Scott Parse (hip) are out for the Kings.

Stat pack:
The Kings are 73-0-5 since April 2009 when leading after two periods.

Puck drop: Calgary left wing Mike Cammalleri, who played his first game with his new team Saturday after being acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens for Rene Bourque, has 1 goal and a minus-1 rating in two games with the Flames.
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