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Preview: Kings head to snowy Calgary to fan the flames of rivalry

Did you know these teams don’t like each other much?

Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings

How to Watch

Game Time: 6:00 PM Pacific

TV: Fox Sports West

Radio: iHeart Radio

The Opposition: Matchsticks & Gasoline

What to Watch

  • Of course the story here is Drew Doughty and Matthew Tkachuk. Of course it is! Despite maybe possibly being politely asked by the Kings to avoid stoking the — pun somewhat intended — flames of this rivalry, Doughty couldn’t quite resist, quipping: “I think we both know who the better player is, so if he wants to complement me first, then I’ll give him one back.” You can’t ever really go wrong with a good hate-fest, and these two are going to bring a ton of that energy to the game.
  • The Calgary Flames are third in the league in penalty minutes taken, so if the Kings want to take a moment or two to focus on their power play, this could be their chance. The Flames’ penalties are mostly different, clumsy penalties — interference, tripping, hooking — and the kind that as a team gels more together, they may take less of. So take advantage while you can. The power play looked decent in the preseason, and if they can avoid doing things like taking penalties to negate the man advantage, maybe they’ll start to figure it out tonight.
  • The only change in the Kings lineup is taking out Austin Wagner in favor of getting Carl Grundstrom some playing time. Wagner’s speed is always welcome, and he had a few good opportunities in the game against the Oilers. He’s also the easiest person to swap out of the lineup. But Jack Campbell was first off the ice today, so expect to see Jonathan Quick tomorrow in Vancouver.
  • There are no “big picture” things to think about in game two of the season, but it will be curious to see how the Kings’ new offense fares against a better defense and a goalie who has stopped 61 or 65 shots that he’s faced.

Lineups

Los Angeles Kings

Calgary Flames

Gaudreau — Monahan — Lindholm
Tkachuk — Backlund — Bennett
Lucic — Ryan — Mangiapane
Rieder — Jankowski — Frolik

Giordano — Brodie
Hanifin — Hamonic
Kylington — Andersson

Rittich

(via Calgary Flames)

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