THE STORY: The Calgary Flames have been earning points at every turn as they claw their way toward a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings, who host the Flames on Saturday, have struggled to score and are in danger of landing on the wrong side of the postseason bubble. Calgary, which trails Los Angeles by two points for eighth place in the West, is 4-0-3 in its last seven overall games and 3-0-4 in seven on the road. The Kings have dropped five of seven and scored a total of seven goals in their last eight losses.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, FSN West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE FLAMES (27-22-9): Despite notching a point in seven straight road games, Calgary has lost nine of its last 12 away from home. The Flames have dropped 20 of their last 27 meetings with Pacific Division teams. The line of captain Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay has registered 13 goals and 27 points in seven games as a unit. Jokinen has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight contests.
ABOUT THE KINGS (27-20-11): Los Angeles has scored one goal or less in five of its last seven games and 11 of 19 in 2012. It also has had difficulty finding the net against Calgary, recording two goals or fewer in eight of the last 10 matchups. Mike Richards enters with a 13-game goal-scoring drought. He has just one tally in 23 contests, with that goal coming against Calgary on Jan. 14. Defenseman Davis Drewiske played in Thursday’s loss to Phoenix Coyotes, his first appearance since Darryl Sutter took over as coach in late December. Drewiske had been a healthy scratch for the previous 24 games.
1. The Kings have been involved in six 1-0 games this season, losing four – including two this month.
2. The teams have had opposite results on Saturdays recently as Calgary has won six of seven on the day and Los Angeles has lost nine of 11.
3. Darryl and Brent Sutter are squaring off for the third time this season. Darryl’s Kings have outscored Brent’s Flames 5-2 while going 1-0-1.
PREDICTION: Flames 3, Kings 2.
Congradulations to Mike Tumian he won a pair of Free Kings Tickets for tonights game.