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11-25-2008, 01:25 PM
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Los Angeles @ Calgary - 11/25/08 - 6:30 PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(8-8-3, 19 pts)

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Calgary Flames
(11-9-1, 23 pts)


6:30PM (PST) @ Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary, AB

TV Broadcast: SNET-W (Home)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 204


GAME PREIVEW
The Los Angeles Kings haven't had to venture out on the road much this season, having played just three of their first 19 games outside of California.

A visit to Calgary, where they've won once in their last 11 games, doesn't figure to be a trip that Los Angeles is looking forward to.

The Kings open their first Canadian trip of the season Tuesday against the Flames, who've won six of their last eight home games but will need to rebound from a late meltdown in their most recent contest.

Los Angeles' early schedule has been heavy with home games, as the club has played 14 of its 19 contests at Staples Center. One of the road games was a short drive to Anaheim to face the Ducks, and another was up the coast in San Jose.

The Kings (8-8-3) went 15-22-4 on the road last season, and have dropped three of their first five this season. They've long struggled at the Pengrowth Saddledome, losing five straight and going 1-6-3 with two ties in their last 11 games there.

In the Flames (11-9-1), Los Angeles will be facing a club that has again been one of the NHL's tougher teams at home this season, going 7-3-1 at the Saddledome. Calgary is 81-27-15 there over the last three seasons.

The Flames, though, allowed three goals in the final nine minutes to Detroit at home Saturday night, breaking a 2-2 tie and giving the Red Wings a 5-2 victory.

Coming off his second shutout of the season, Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves but allowed four goals - the ninth time in 20 starts he's allowed at least that many.

The Flames were also held to two goals or fewer for the seventh time in 10 games. The start of that stretch coincided with the end of a six-game winning streak, and Calgary is 4-6-0 during that span.

"We have to look at it that we have to play that much better in order to beat a team like Detroit or San Jose, any of those top-tier teams," defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "We need more from everyone, and when you do make little mistakes and you lack a little bit of consistency ... teams like that with those type of players can really hurt you."

Coming off a season in which they managed a Western Conference-low 71 points, the Kings don't fit into that category. They had been showing improvement, winning four straight from Nov. 6-13, but have since lost three of four and fell 4-3 in a shootout to Colorado on Saturday.

Los A ngeles erased a 2-0 deficit and took the lead on Dustin Brown's goal early in the third period, but allowed the tying goal less than 3 minutes later and ended up settling for one point.

"You look at that game, and we obviously didn't play as well as we would have liked in the second or the first. But we battled back, and that's the key thing," said Brown, the team leader with eight goals. "A shootout loss is a shootout loss, but it's a good point."

Goalie Erik Ersberg has been a bright spot for the Kings during their inconsistent start. Since Los Angeles' 3-2 home loss to Calgary on Nov. 1, Ersberg has started nine straight games and ranks among the NHL leaders with a 2.05 goals-against average.

Ersberg has never faced Calgary, while Kiprusoff is 10-5-1 with a 2.55 GAA against the Kings, including 6-1-0 in his last seven starts.

Los Angeles will play Tuesday without forward John Zeiler, who was suspended three games for a hit on the Avalanche's Adam Foote on Saturday
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INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Marc-Andre Cliche (Separated shoulder on 10/06/08) IR
Jack Johnson (Shoulder injury on 10/13/08) IRR

CALGARY

Gord Baldwin (Undisclosed injury on 10/08/08) IR
Kevin Lalande High ankle sprain on 10/08/08) IR
Jim Vandermeer (Fractured left foot on 11/19/08) day-to-day
Rhett Warrener (Shoulder injury on 10/08/08) IR



RECENT MEETINGS
11/1/08 - Flames @ Kings 3-2 (Flames win)

*Kings All-Time Record against Calgary (77-97-24)



TEAM LEADERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 15 points (3 G, 12 A, -2)
Iginla, CGY - 24 points (11 G, 13 A, -1)

Defensemen
Quincey, LA - 10 points (2 G, 8 A, +1)
Phaneuf, CGY - 13 points (3 G, 10 A, -7)



PROBABLE STARTERS
Ersberg, LA - 11 GP Record: 5-3-2 GAA 2.05 SV% .907
Kiprusoff, CGY - 20 GP Record: 11-8-1 GAA 3.21 SV% .892



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA – 2.58 (7th in NHL)
CGY – 3.24 (25th in NHL)

Avg. Goals
LA – 2.58 (23rd in NHL)
CGY – 2.81 (16th in NHL)

Power Play %

LA – 16.7 (18th in NHL)
CGY – 19.3 (12th in NHL)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 84.2 (T-8th in NHL)
CGY – 82.2 (14th in NHL)



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS


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Does anyone know if this game will be streamed anywhere?

Go Kings Go! I wonder if we will see Labarbera today or tomorrow... I would be shocked if Murray plays Ersberg both games.

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1st line will dominate , Kings win and there goes my 30 tonite

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This is a crucial game. Actually, this back-to-back we're playing in Alberta is huge. If we can win both games we're sitting in a playoff spot roughly 1/4 through the season.

This team needs to show they can win on the road, especially in front of hostile Canadian crowds who are cheering for fringe playoff teams.

First line needs to come up big. Defense needs to severely tighten up after the Colorado game.

Kings need this. Bad.

I'm gonna' say 3-2 Kings. Brown with the game winner. Kopitar with two assists. O'Sullivan nets another. Moller is due for a goal, too.

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This is a crucial game. Actually, this back-to-back we're playing in Alberta is huge. If we can win both games we're sitting in a playoff spot roughly 1/4 through the season.

This team needs to show they can win on the road, especially in front of hostile Canadian crowds who are cheering for fringe playoff teams.

First line needs to come up big. Defense needs to severely tighten up after the Colorado game.

Kings need this. Bad.

I'm gonna' say 3-2 Kings. Brown with the game winner. Kopitar with two assists. O'Sullivan nets another. Moller is due for a goal, too.
I give you credit for remaining positive and hoping to get into the playoffs, but on the road the kings haven't really impressed other than the St. Louis game. 4-1 flames.

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King's are victorious while Calgary's defense proves to be porous.

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I wonder how the Zeiler incident will affect the game plan. Calgary's one of the toughest teams in the league. If Murray tells us to ease up physically, we're going to get killed. If he tells us to go twice as hard, we might kill them.

I'll take 3-1 Calgary. Kipprusoff is kind of good.

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We are going to battle hard but fall just short.

3-2 Calgary.

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Im so annoyed that theres no TV for us.

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Kings win!
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Im so annoyed that theres no TV for us.
There should be. just check about 30 min before the game.

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There should be. just check about 30 min before the game.
Should be a stream?

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Should be a stream?
a steady stream of RUINATION!

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Ersberg in net again. Armstrong in for zeiler, Harrold in for Preissing.

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The Kings scoring the first goal has proved to be so crucial this season. If we net the first of the game, I see us taking this. It seems this team, when they have the lead, is able to settle into their rhythm much easier and totally tighten up on D.

When they're trailing and scrambling for goals, the game is usually lost already.

Does someone have a statistic on our record when scoring the first goal of the game?

Pretty indicative of a young, talented team. We're still prone to the jitters.

All in all, win or lose, this team is exactly where they should be, if not a little ahead of schedule.

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As Quattro noted, it'll be in SD on Center Ice. It'll be the Rogers Sportsnet West feed. They are the only ones televising the game.

Tomorrow night's game will be on the NHL Network in HD - they use the TSN HD feed.

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I'll give my perdictions.

5-3 Kings. Ersberg gives up one bad goal, but plays great otherwise. Doughty with a goal and assist and big night for our PP w/ 3 goals.

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Im so annoyed that theres no TV for us.
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There should be. just check about 30 min before the game.
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Should be a stream?
Please post a link if there is one.

Im very pissed that I wont otherwise get to see this game.

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Derek Armstrong on being put back into the lineup:
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You've got to play the young guys here. When I get a chance, I've got to go in and play as hard as I can. I appreciate every moment I get to go in and play a game in the NHL. I've accepted this role and hopefully we can continue to win. That's the most important thing."
http://insidesocal.com/kings/2008/11/pregame-notes.html

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