Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 80 @ Calgary
April 9, 2014
7pm PST (10pm EST)
The Los Angeles embark on their final visit to Alberta this season as prepare for their fifth and final meeting with the Calgary Flames for 2013-14. The road team has won each game in this season series as the Kings hope to continue that trend.
While the Flames are going to miss the playoffs for a fifth-straight year, they do have pride to play for. Since Los Angeles has already clinched third-place in the Pacific, playing spoiler won't be an option for Calgary. But they have had success against their divisional rivals this season with a former member of the Kings leading the way.
In the four meetings between the two clubs this season, Calgary's Mike Cammalleri has led the way for his side, scoring three goals and added four assists. Netminder Karri Ramo was also instrumental in both of Calgary's win over the Kings this season, posting a 1.50 GAA and a .941 save-percentage in said victories.
This is the third game of Los Angeles's four-game road trip. They started at 0-2-0 and with three days between games, traveled back to Southern California for a break. While their late loss on Saturday in Vancouver came with some controversy, the Kings have since had a golden opportunity to rest its players during the mini-layoff, including the injured Drew Doughty and Dwight King. It's unknown at this point whether either of them will suit up on Wednesday but all three expected to be ready when the playoffs commence on April 16. Doughty and King are both listed as day-to-day.
While the Kings can tie a franchise record with a win, their main concern is getting healthy while the await to see which of their two state rivals will oppose them in the opening round of the playoffs. But for momentum's sake, hopefully the Kings can get back on the winning track before the regular season comes to a close.
In his last seven games, Marian Gaborik has been on fire for the Kings, scoring once and adding six assists. As for the Flames' hot hands, look no further than the aforementioned Cammalleri who has two goals and two helpers while on a three-game point streak. The aforementioned Ramo is even on a hot streak stopping 62 of 63 shots en route to consecutive wins.
The Calgary Flames, who are 18-18-3 at the Saddledome, look to rise above .500 on home ice. But they will be up against a Kings team who is 22-14-3 away from Staples Center this season. We'll see what this matchup has in store.
Enjoy the game!