The FAN 960 Flames Zone

It’s another one of those games for the Calgary Flames as the playoff stakes keep getting higher as the end of the season draws ever closer.  The Flames cannot technically be in a playoff spot when the night is over, but they could do themselves a huge solid by winning their final meeting this season with the LA Kings (7:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).

Calgary Flames 35-27-15, 11th Western Conference

Alex Tanguay-Mike Cammalleri-Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross-Olli Jokinen-David Moss
Blake Comeau-Matt Stajan-Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos-Blair Jones-Tim Jackman

Jay Bouwmeester-Chris Butler
Mark Giordano-Scott Hannan
Clay Wilson-Anton Babchuk

Miikka Kiprusoff

For a second straight gameday skate, Cory Sarich participated with the team, but he will miss his fourth straight game as he continues to battle back from a concussion sustained eight days ago in Denver.  It was also interesting to note the Flames had a temporary stall up in their locker room for T.J. Brodie who has missed nine games with an upper body injury.  That suggests Brodie has resumed skating.

No lineup changes or shifts whatsoever from Monday’s 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars which is to be expected.  The Flames played a pretty decent game against the Stars and overall have done a good job in three of their last four affairs.

Los Angeles Kings 37-27-12, 9th Western Conference

Dustin Brown-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams
Dwight King-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter
Dustin Penner-Jarret Stoll-Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford-Colin Fraser-Jordan Nolan

Rob Scuderi-Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell-Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez-Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Quick is getting serious Vezina Trophy consideration, and for good reason.  The Kings starting netminder has given them a chance to win in virtually every single game this season, and is coming off another tough loss to swallow.  Quick gave LA a solid chance to win, allowing just one goal on Monday night in a 1-0 shutout loss to the Vancouver Canucks.  It’s been an all-too-regular occurence with the Kings this year, as they’ve been shutout ten times.  Even more amazingly, they’ve failed to give Quick regular run support; he’s allowed opponents one goal or less in 24 games this year, yet LA has gone just 15-5-4 in those games.

The addition of Carter has seemingly woken up the Kings offence, however, as they scored 22 goals in their recent six game win streak.  That said, in their two most recent games (both losses), LA has scored just twice.  Carter has opened things up a little bit by giving them two scoring lines, while the play of the top lines has also helped things along.

That top line is being lead by Williams right now who has five goals and ten points over his last 11 games.  He’s been one of the most consistent forwards on the team of late.

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