Fresh off a nice win that extended their streak to 7 games, the Los Angeles Kings head slightly south from Edmonton to face the Calgary Flames.
6:00 PM PT
This is the 4th of 5 meetings of the two teams scheduled this season. Calgary won the first two meetings in LA, by scores of 3-2 and 2-1, with LA returning the favor in their first visit to Calgary just over 2 weeks ago by a score of 2-0.
The Kings extended their winning streak to 7 games with a 4-2 win over Edmonton Sunday night, while the Flames dropped their last game by a score of 2-1 in Vancouver on Saturday night.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tyler Toffoli, LAK: Tofolli will face off against his junior center for just the second time as professionals. Toffoli is 3rd among all rookies with a +19 rating, which is a testament to the work he has done in his own end, and the attention to detail that he has instilled in order to play for Darryl Sutter.
Sean Monahan, CGY: Monahan played with Toffoli for three seasons as a member of the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL, and centered him for much of that time. Monahan leads the Flames and is third among all NHL rookies with 19 goals.
TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME
1. No Flameout: The Flames have actually been respectable since the Olympic break ended, going 3-3 in the six games since the NHL resumed play. They could have rolled over, being already out of the playoff race, but to their credit they are still giving an all-out effort.
2. Jones-ing For A Start Pt. 2: Could this finally be the opportunity Martin Jones gets to take the pipes? The back to back situation usually gets the backup some time, and the Kings can’t ride Jonathan Quick forever. But then again I wrote yesterday too.
3. Waiting for Gabby: Marian Gaborik is still awaiting his first point in a Kings uniform. Fortunately they haven’t needed him to score to win in his first 2 games as a King, but at some point he is going to have to make his mark.