Preview: Flames at Kings
The Calgary Flames have made themselves at home on the road by collecting 25 of a possible 32 points (12-3-1) over their last 16 games away from Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames look to ride the momentum of consecutive 6-2 wins into Wednesday's clash against the Los Angeles Kings, who will look to avert a season-high six-game losing skid.
Matthew Tkachuk cemented Calgary's victory over San Jose with a between-the-legs, highlight-reel goal on Monday, giving him seven (four goals, three assists) of his team high-tying 45 points in his last seven games. "I don't think I've ever even tried to go between my legs, but he's done it time and time again. And not only was it between the legs, it was heavy, bar-down," said fellow forward Milan Lucic, who has enjoyed an offensive surge with five points (two goals, three assists) to begin this road trip after mustering just one in his previous 11 games. Offense has been in short supply for Los Angeles, which has been outscored 19-7 during its current five-game skid. "There are some things that we can look at and accentuate as doing well and there's other things we still need to work on and improve on," Kings coach Todd McLellan said after a 4-1 loss at the New York Rangers on Sunday. "It's kind of the same story over and over again, but that's who we are and that's where we are."
TIME: 10 p.m. ET. TV: NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet1
ABOUT THE FLAMES (29-22-6): Elias Lindholm has turned it on following the All-Star break, extending his point streak to seven games (two goals, five assists) after setting up a goal in each of his last four contests. While the 25-year-old Swede leads the team in goals (22) and his 43 points are two shy of Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau for top honors on the club, Lindholm has yet to dent the scoresheet in three meetings with the Kings. Mikael Backlund has recorded back-to-back multi-point performances to give him five points in his last three games after mustering just two assists in his previous eight.
ABOUT THE KINGS (19-33-5): While cellar-dwelling Los Angeles has scored a league second-worst 2.40 goals per game, it has seen its offense catch fire to win two of the three encounters with the Flames. Defenseman Drew Doughty has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in the those contests, including a three-point effort on Oct. 8 that was capped with a goal 50 seconds into overtime of a 4-3 win. Jeff Carter collected a goal and an assist in the Kings' 4-1 triumph over the Flames 10 days later, although the 35-year-old has slowed considerably and been held off the scoresheet in 14 of his last 17 games.
1. Los Angeles G Jonathan Quick sports a 15-9-5 record with four career shutouts and a 2.01 goals-against average in 30 career starts versus Calgary.
2. Flames G David Rittich owns a 13-8-2 mark on the road this season.
3. Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar has four points (two goals, two assists) against Calgary this season.
PREDICTION: Flames 4, Kings 1