Calgary Flames v Buffalo Sabres
December 22, 2014 4:41 pm

Game 35 Preview: Los Angeles vs Calgary

Los Angeles Kings (17-11-6) vs Calgary Flames (17-15-3) Monday, December 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m. PT Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA Referees: #4 Wes McCauley, #25 Marc Joannette Linesmen: #86 Brad Lazarowich, #98 John Grandt KCOP 13, KABC 790 AM Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick 2014-15: 27 GP (27 GS) / 14-8-5 record / 2.29 GAA / .923 Sv% / 3 SHO Career vs Calgary: 16 (16) / […]

Noah Graham / National Hockey League
December 22, 2014 3:22 pm

Kopitar, Sutter acknowledge challenges Flames present

The Calgary Flames enter the final game before the Christmas break trying to salvage what until recently had been a Cinderella rise towards the top of the Pacific Division standings. But a 0-7-1 stretch has left the club right in the thick of the Western Conference’s glut of teams that haven’t separated themselves from the pack, for better or worse. The Flames were not considered to be among those with […]

Blake Gumprecht
December 22, 2014 2:03 pm

Andreoff, Schultz share Manchester impressions

Andy Andreoff and Jeff Schultz returned to Los Angeles from Manchester over the weekend and took part in this morning’s skate. For Andreoff, his return followed a two-week conditioning assignment in which he skated on a line with leading scorers Brian O’Neill (9-26=35) and Nick Shore (15-17=32), posting five goals and 10 points in seven games and helping contribute to O’Neill’s AHL Player of the Week campaign. “I had a […]

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December 22, 2014 1:17 pm

Gaborik “pretty good” despite scare Saturday afternoon

Marian Gaborik and the Kings navigated around a potentially sapping situation when it became clear that the forward who has goals in four straight games wasn’t injured by a heavy hit levied by Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson late in the third period during Saturday’s 4-2 Los Angeles win. “I’m pretty good,” Gaborik said this morning. The hit occurred when Gaborik gained the Coyotes’ blue line with the puck and was sent […]

Tim / Ironsight|Design
December 22, 2014 12:37 pm

December 22 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On the final game before the Christmas break: We talked it before on the homestand. Three game stand before the break, and we’re going to try and win ‘em all. We’ll try again. On the narrative that Calgary is a “hardworking team,” and whether they have an elevated compete level compared to other teams: No, they’re very similar. I think everybody’s work ethic is the same. I wouldn’t put them […]

Andrew D. Bernstein / National Hockey League
December 22, 2014 10:56 am

December 22 morning skate notes

Good morning from El Segundo, where we’re waiting for Darryl Sutter to join us and share thoughts on tonight’s Kings-Flames game. All active players took the ice for the morning skate, which contained line rushes. The alignment: Gaborik – Kopitar – Carter Brown – Stoll – Williams Pearson – Lewis – Toffoli Clifford – Richards – King Andreoff – Nolan Muzzin – Doughty Martinez – Greene McNabb – McBain Schultz […]

Morning Skate in El Segundo
December 22, 2014 10:20 am

Kopitar league’s first star; odds and ends

-Anze Kopitar’s nine points (1-8=9) in three games last week earned him the league’s First Star award. It’s the second First Star claimed by a King this season; Jeff Carter received the honor from the week of October 20 – 26. Jake Voracek (four games; 3-4=7) and Marc-Andre Fleury (3-0-0 / 0.99 / .971) were the second and third stars. Related: It was Gustl’s birthday. Not a bad week for […]

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