Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 10 vs. Calgary
October 20, 2013
7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
After their offensive surge on Saturday night, the Los Angeles Kings hope to keep their winning ways going as they look for a third-straight victory – this time, against the upstart Calgary Flames.
While their 3-2-2 record may not be anything that jumps off the page, the Flames are a team in rebuilding mode having parted ways with Jarome Iginla last season and Miikka Kiprusoff this past summer when the netminder announced his retirement.
On the surface, Kiprusoff’s void may be just what the doctor ordered for the Kings who struggled against the Finnish backstop over the last number of years. With that said, however, Joey MacDonald is 3-1-1 to start the year, albeit his .891 save-percentage doesn’t exactly leave the opposition shaking in their skates.
The Kings are hoping to continue their success against Calgary as last season, the silver-and-black swept the season series winning all three games while outscoring the boys from Southern Alberta by a 12-4 margin. Being new division rivals, the Kings and Flames will be seeing a lot of each other this season as their Monday night matchup will be the first of five meetings.
Despite losing both games on their California road swing, the Flames do have a hot hand in Jiri Hudler who has points in all seven of his team’s games this season (four goals, five assists) which includes a goal on Saturday night. We also cannot forget the play of rookie Sean Monaghan who was drafted by the Flames this past June. The youngster is tied with Hudler for the team lead in points with eight and has the team lead in goals with five.
Jake Muzzin, who has had the brunt of defensive criticism for the Kings, enters Monday night having registered four points in his last three games, including two helpers on Saturday night. Jonathan Quick is also hot having registered in a .951 save-percentage in his last two outings, which equates to three goals against on his last 61 shots faced.
Justin Williams, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty are all coming off productive nights on Saturday and hope to continue their respective hot streaks as well.
The Flames will be without Matt Stajan and former King Mike Cammalleri who are both nursing injuries. The Kings, on the other hand, have a clean bill of health so we will see if they can use that to their advantage.
Enjoy the game!