Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2011-12 season:
Game 48 vs. Calgary
January 19, 2012
7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
Tonight at the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames will meet for the second time in five days. The Kings hope to have the same success they had against Calgary this past weekend when they won 4-1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
As impressive as the Flames have been at home as of late, their overall road record isn’t so terrific. This season, the Flames are a subpar 8-14-4 which includes their most recent outing, a 2-1 shootout loss in San Jose on Tuesday night.
Sitting three points out of a playoff spot, the Flames, although far from pressing the panic button, are in need of some points and looking to head into the all-star break with as much momentum as they can. Their 4-1 loss to Los Angeles may have been a setback but this is one team who certainly will not be deterred. Despite the loss, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff still has a good career record against the Kings and he’ll hope to rebound tonight.
As for the Kings, they’ve been getting more productive lately from the likes of Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Justin Williams, with the latter scoring last game in Vancouver.
When the Kings and Flames last met, Mike Richards, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown each had two-point nights for Los Angeles while former King Mike Cammalleri, who was making his debut for his second tenure with the Flames, scored Calgary’s lone goal. The Kings will have to contain Cammalleri should they look to be victorious.
Despite earning points in 14 of their last 15 games, the Kings have not won back-to-back games since December 26 and 28. Tonight will be Los Angeles’ mission to end that drought and, in order to do that, they’ll have to start and play the way they did in Vancouver and Calgary. If the Kings play the way they did in Edmonton, they’re going to be in a lot of trouble. Hopefully, that won’t happen, though.
Enjoy the game!
Photo: Courtesy of CalgaryFlames.com