Preview: Flames at Kings
The Calgary Flames attempt to salvage the finale of their three-game road trip Monday, when they visit the Los Angeles Kings for the second time in three nights. Calgary was blanked by the Anaheim Ducks in the opener of its trek on Friday before suffering a 6-2 loss in Los Angeles the following evening. Mike Cammalleri and Alex Tanguay had goals for the Flames, who have been outscored 10-2 thus far during their trip.
Los Angeles will be wrapping up its five-game homestand on which it has gone 3-1-0. The Kings have been one of the best home teams in the league this season, going 8-2-1 at the Staples Center. Jeff Carter continues to be one of the most dangerous snipers in the NHL as he has scored 13 goals in his last 13 contests and brings a four-game goal-scoring streak into Monday's rematch.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, Rogers Sportsnet West (Calgary), FSN West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE FLAMES (9-10-4): Mikael Backlund returned to the lineup Saturday after missing 14 games with a sprained MCL. The 23-year-old Swede was minus-1 and lost 10 of 15 faceoffs in 14:14 of ice time. To make room on the roster, Calgary assigned 20-year-old left wing Sven Baertschi to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League. The native of Switzerland notched one assist in 10 contests with the Flames while also missing 11 contests with a hip flexor. Miikka Kiprusoff has struggled in his last two games, allowing 10 goals on 46 shots. Coach Bob Hartley refused to blame his goaltender for Saturday's loss. "I'm not faulting Kiprusoff," he said. "They were great shots."
ABOUT THE KINGS (13-8-2): Los Angeles is erring on the side of caution with Mike Richards. The center left Saturday's game in the second period after receiving an elbow to the head from Calgary's Tim Jackman but returned for the third. In case Richards - who has had concussion issues in the past - is unable to play Monday, the Kings recalled center Tyler Toffoli from Manchester of the AHL. The 20-year-old Toffoli, who has yet to make his NHL debut, has scored a team-leading 28 goals and added 20 assists in 55 games with the Monarchs.
1. Los Angeles, which is 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings between the teams, has not swept a season series since 1999-2000.
2. Flames LW Curtis Glencross missed Saturday's contest with a wrist injury and is questionable for Monday.
3. Following Monday's contest, Calgary plays its next two games at home, where it has won four in a row.
PREDICTION: Kings 4, Flames 2
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