Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 66 @ Calgary
March 10, 2014
6pm PST (9pm EST)
The bad news is that the Los Angeles Kings are right back to work after playing the previous night. The good news is that they’re riding a season-high seven-game winning streak. But now, they’re in Calgary to face a Flames team who has already beaten them twice this season.
Monday night marks the fourth and final meeting between these division rivals and while the Flames hope to make the most of a rebuilding year, the Kings just want to further solidify their ticket to the playoffs.
In the weeks before Sochi, all they wanted was a break. When the Sochi Games began, the Kings got their break with fans hoping that a few weeks off would do their team wonders. So far, it has. Winners of seven-in-a-row, the Kings are a perfect 6-0-0 since the Olympics and what makes this roll even more exciting is that their goaltender and their head coach are both on the doorstep of respective milestones.
Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick is just two wins shy of the franchise’s all-time wins record by a goaltender set by the great Rogie Vachon. As for Darryl Sutter, he picked up career-win number 498 in Edmonton on Sunday and hopes to inch closer to the 500-win plateau on Monday.
As effective as Quick and Sutter have been since returning from the break, they have plenty to thank including Justin Williams, Mike Richards and Dustin Brown, just to name three. After being, for all intents and purposes, nonexistent for much of the regular season, the veteran trio has since turned a corner, all playing key factor in their team’s recent success. On Monday, they hope to continue that as the Kings end their Western Canadian road swing before returning home for a five-game stand.
The playoff chances of the Calgary Flames may be slim-to-none but they have still played with something to prove. Rookie Sean Monaghan has been turning heads around the league and Mike Cammalleri, who was rumoured to be dealt at last week’s trade deadline, is still a Flame and an impactful one at that. In goal, Joni Ortio has played admirably since being called up from Abbotsford. While he did lose to the Kings at Staples Center a couple of weeks ago, the Finnish backstop will nonetheless be determined to pick up a win against arguably the league’s hottest team.
While the Kingdom looks forward to seeing their team return to Los Angeles, they especially hope that they can come back to Staples Center while continuing to ride their longest winning streak of the season. We’ll see if that’s the case.
Enjoy the game!