Flames vs Kings Game Preview

The Calgary Flames will try to tie the Colorado Avalanche for the Northwest Division lead tonight as they host the Pacific leading Los Angeles Kings. The Kings have been the biggest surprise in the NHL so far this season are tied for the second most points in the league to prove it.

Last 10: Kings- 8-1-1 Flames- 5-4-1

No team in the NHL has been hotter than the Kings as they have lost in regulation only once since they fell to Vancouver, 4-1, on Nov. 26. However, Los Angeles has been winless at Calgary since Dec. 21, 2005. The Flames, meanwhile, are trying to avoid their first four-game losing streak of the season

Calgary has been playing fine hockey for most of the season, but it has definitely cooled down over the last few contests. The Flames are currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick is 7-1-1 with a 2.25 goals-against average over his last nine games for Los Angeles

The Kings are second in the Western Conference with an average of 27..4 shots against per game. Calgary is dead last in the League with a 45.6 percent of faceoffs won this season.

Rene Bourque has three goals and two assists in his last four games and has lit the lamp in each of his last two games. Bourque has three goals in his last three games against Los Angeles

Jarome Iginla has scored just five of his 17 goals this season at home. Iginla has eight points (5g, 3a) in his last five games against the Kings and has eight goals and 10 assists in his last nine home games against them. The Flames’ captain is on a season worst seven game goal-less streak. Although, he has scored 18 points in his last nine home games against the Kings

Calgary’s last six losses have all been by one goal, and the team fell 4-3 at St. Louis on Tuesday. Dustin Boyd’s goal gave the Flames a 3-2 second-period lead, but they managed four shots in the third.

“I think we’ve just got to get back to our game,” Boyd said. “The last three games we’ve shown flashes, but not enough.”

“They’re a hard team to play against. They’re really well-coached. There’s a lot of balance throughout their lineup,” said Rene Bourque. “They’re a young team with a lot of speed and they work hard. I’m sure it’ll be a tough game tonight.”

Quotes and Info: Calgary Flames

Brian Biddle contributed to this article.

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