FLAMES (3-2-2) at KINGS (6-3-0)
7:30PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 1150
TREND ME: You might want to welcome one of the Kings’ new Pacific Division opponents to STAPLES Center tonight with open arms. The Kings are a combined 5-1-1 against the Calgary Flames the previous two seasons, and have outscored them 17-8 in that span.
INVITE ME: Because they’re in town, again. Get used to it, because the Kings are hosting six of their upcoming seven contests at STAPLES Center. They have no plans to cover the Lakers’ banners, though. This franchise hangs from the ceiling.
WINNING WAYS: This club is on a roll, winning five of their last six contests and two straight on home ice. In the Kings’ two consecutive wins at STAPLES Center, they’ve outscored their opponents 8-2. Can they continue the dominance in downtown Los Angeles against the Calgary Flames tonight?
KICK ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE DOWN: The Calgary Flames are amidst a four-game swing through California and Texas, and have lost the first two games of their trip in visits to San Jose and Anaheim. Can the Kings make California miserable for Calgary, keeping them winless in the “Golden State’?
GET HOT, ANZE: Anze Kopitar, who recorded three assists in Saturday night’s win against the Dallas Stars, has still yet to record a goal in regulation time this season. Kopitar has recorded six points against the Calgary Flames the previous two seasons. Can Kopi light the lamp tonight?
POWER HOUR: The Kings have killed off opponents’ previous 14 power plays, and are third-best in the NHL this season with an 89.2% success rate. They also struck gold on the power play Saturday night for the first time in four games, ten days, and 15 opportunities when Justin Williams beat Dallas’ Dan Ellis on a backhand rebound. Let’s hope tonight’s contest has a little something special in it’s luggage.