KINGS (37-22-6) at FLAMES (25-32-7)
6:00PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 1150
NEXT?: Tonight marks the fourth of five meetings with the Calgary Flames, and the second of three at the Scotiabank Saddledome, where the Kings won 2-0 just 10 days ago, and where they’ll return during the final week of the season on April 9. The Flames won both contests at STAPLES Center earlier this season, scoring game-winning goals in the final 30 seconds of regulation time in their two visits to Los Angeles.
FLAMING HOT: The Kings are riding their longest win streak of the season, extending it to seven games with a 4-2 win Sunday in Edmonton. During the streak, they’ve outscored opponents 22-10, while Jonathan Quick has posted a 6-0-0 record with a 0.99 GAA and .957 SV%. The Kings are hot in Calgary as well, even locally speaking; they’ve won five straight at Scotiabank Saddledome.
SHOOTING FOR A CHANCE: After firing away for 41 shots Thursday in Winnipeg, the Kings blistered Ben Scrivens with 50 shots Sunday in Edmonton. In the first two games of their current three-game road trip, the Kings have outshot the opposition 91-45.
Alec Martinez, who has four points (3G, 1A) in the Kings’ past four games, knows all too well about the Kings’ strategy to put the puck on net, and he shared his insight with Fox Sports West Sunday night in Edmonton:
“We try to grind teams down in the offensive zone and cycle the puck and hold onto it and generate opportunities that way. Coming out of the break here, that was one focus we had was to get a lot more shots. Obviously, we were struggling with scoring beforehand. You can’t score without shooting the puck. It’s cliché, but it’s true.”
BUILDING A LEGACY: With his win Sunday in Edmonton, Jonathan Quick has inched closer to tying Rogie Vachon for the Kings’ franchise record in wins. Quick has 170 wins; Vachon has 171 on record. Quick, however, may have to wait to pull the feat, as Martin Jones, who hasn’t started since February 26, could get the call from Darryl Sutter in lieu of tonight’s bout being the back-end of back-to-back games.
HEY, AGAIN: This is the Kings’ second visit to Scotiabank Saddledome in 10 days. The Kings blanked Calgary with a 2-0 win on February 27, their second game back from the Olympic break, and Jonathan Quick’s first start since returning from Sochi.
Dustin Brown got the Kings on the board three minutes into the contest, and assisted on Dwight King’s insurance marker early in the third. Jonathan Quick went for perfection, stopping all 25 of Calgary’s shots for his fourth shutout of the season.
The Kings are 5-0-0 in their past five games at Scotiabank Saddledome dating back to February 5, 2011.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE on FOX SPORTS WEST t 5:30, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on scene at Scotiabank Saddledome for puck drop at 6:00PM PT.
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