Kings vs. Flames Preview

Los Angeles Kings: 6-3-0 (12 points); T3rd Pacific, T4th Western - Streak: W2

Calgary Flames: 3-2-2 (8 points); 6th Pacific, T11th Western - Streak: L2

 

The Kings look to continue their hot streak tonight at the Staples Center where they will face the desperate Flames at 7:30. Los Angeles has won five of their last six games while Calgary has struggled in California dropping their most recent games to Anaheim and San Jose.

Heading into tonight's matchup the teams are gravitating in opposite directions. The Flames began the season collecting at least a point in their first five games but have lost their last two games giving up an average of four and a half goals a game during their point drought.

On the other side is a Kings team thriving off the production of their stars. Names like Carter, Kopitar, Richards, and Doughty have filled the boxscores as of late and Jonathan Quick is playing well again.

While the Kings depend on specific players to produce certain points (Carter scores goals, Kopitar;assists) the Flames' skaters are more balanced and capable of scoring and assisting. Jiri Hudler leads the Flames attack tallying a point in all seven games this season with four goals and five assists. Sean Monahan leads Calagary with five goals and Defenseman Giordano is an offensive threat with a team leading five assists.

Joey Macdonald has stiffled the Kings in the past but is allowing 2.99 goals per game this season. Desite allowing almost three goals a game he has been the benefactor of the Flames sometimes prolific offense as his 3-1-1 record indicates.

Team Leaders:

  Kings

Flames

Goals

Jeff Carter - 4

Justin Williams - 4

Matt Greene - 2

Sean Monahan - 5

Jiri Hudler- 4

Mark Giordano - 2

Assists

Anze Kopitar - 8

Mike Richards - 5

Jake Muzzin - 3

Jiri Hudler - 5

Mark Giordano - 5

Lee Stempniak - 4

Points

Anze Kopitar - 8

Jeff Carter - 6

Justin Williams - 5

Jiri Hudler - 9

Sean Monahan - 8

Mark Giordano - 7

+/-

Matt Greene - 3

Alec Martinez - 2

Anze Kopitar - 1

Jiri Hudler - 4

David Jones - 3

Kris Russell - 3

 

Keys for the Kings: The Kings will have their hands full with Jiri Hudler's ability to create and finish. The outbreaks from the defensive zone to offense have improved over the past couple of games creating scoring opportunities and preventing Quick from facing odd man rushes. On the offensive end the Kings lean heavily on Carter, Kopitar, and Justin Williams. The key is for Dustin Brown to get more involved. The Kings powerplay is producing at an incredibly high rate compared to the past seasons.

Keys for the Flames: The Flames will need to help Macdonald out by cleaning the crease and eliminate transition. The Key for the Flames on the offensive end will be the play of the centers. Hudler and Monahan have had impressive starts and need to control their lines, look for Mikael Backlund to make an impact on the third line.

This is the first of five games between the teams this season. Last year the Kings swept the regular season contests 3-0.