Game Day: Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames

 

Keep your eyes on Tim Jackman and Anze Kopitar

 
 
 
 
Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar chases Edmonton’s Magnus Paajarvi on Tuesday. The Kings won 3-1.
 

Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar chases Edmonton’s Magnus Paajarvi on Tuesday. The Kings won 3-1.

Photograph by: Derek Leung, Getty Images

Los Angeles Kings (6-6-2) at Calgary Flames (5-6-3)

8 p.m. Scotiabank Saddledome (SN960 Radio, TSN)

THE FLAMES

Keep your eye on

RW Tim Jackman

Not sure what this says about his teammates, but Jackman was arguably the best Flame Monday night in Phoenix with two shots, eight hits and a fight in 10:09 of ice-time.

Depth chart

M. Cammalleri A. Tanguay J. Iginla

J. Hudler R. Horak R. Cervenka

C. Glencross M. Stajan L. Stempniak

B. Comeau S. Begin T. Jackman

M. Giordano J. Bouwmeester

T.J. Brodie D. Wideman

C. Butler C. Sarich

J. MacDonald

D. Taylor

The injuries

G Miikka Kiprusoff (knee), C Mikael Backlund (knee), LW Sven Baertschi (hip), C Paul Byron (hand)

THE KINGS

Keep your eye on

LW Anze Kopitar

Collectively, the Kings are faltering, but not Kopitar. Nine points in his last 10 games heading into action Tuesday night in Edmonton.

Depth chart

D. Penner M. Richards J. Carter

S. Gagne J. Stoll J. Williams

D. Brown A. Kopitar K. Clifford

D. King T. Lewis J. Nolan

K. Ellerby D. Doughty

R. Scuderi S. Voynov

J. Muzzin D. Drewiske

J. Bernier

J. Quick

The injuries

D Matt Greene (back), D Alec Martinez (upper-body), D Willie Mitchell (knee)

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1. Called out by the boss ...

Bob Hartley is not naming names — at least not yet. But the Calgary head coach is clearly tiring of the inconsistent ways of his charges. Over the weekend, he lamented the Flames acting like “Amnesty International” in terms of charitable giveaways. After Monday’s 4-0 loss in the desert, he said: “It was not a team effort. We had some guys that took the option on this game. They just didn’t respond.” We’ll see how they respond to a coach clearly in no mood to tolerate mediocrity.

2. The Doughty Dive ...

Widely considered one of the best young defenceman in the game — and a lock to make the Canadian Olympic team — Drew Doughty’s numbers pretty much mirror those of his team this season. Heading into action Tuesday night in Edmonton, Doughty had no goals and six assists. The most glaring number on his stat line? A team-worst minus-11. Hard to believe this is the same guy who led all NHL defenceman last year in the playoffs at plus-11. “I’m not happy about some things — not scoring points, I haven’t scored a goal yet — it isn’t a good thing,” Doughty told the Los Angeles Times last week. “Sometimes bounces just don’t go your way. We’re not scoring a lot of even-strength goals.”

3. Will the mere sight of Darryl Sutter ignite Jarome Iginla?

We’re reaching here, but something, one of these days, has to spark No. 12. Two goals in 25 games – dating back to last season — is a shocking (and disturbing) stat line for the face of the franchise. Now, Iginla is 35, so expectations for the captain can no longer hover at the same altitude of the peaks of the nearby Rocky Mountains. But still ...

4. Details, details ...

Speaking of Hartley, the coach is a stickler for the finer points of the game. Take faceoffs. The Flames won a grand total of 38 per cent of faceoffs in Phoenix, which is hardly a recipe for winning in any league. Against the high-powered Kings — offensively blessed with the likes of Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter — such ineptitude could prove deadly.

5. No deja vu ...

For many teams, games against the reigning Stanley Cup champions serve as a measuring stick, of sorts, and perhaps even provide a jolt of motivation in the grind of the regular season. The last time the Flames faced the champions of the day, however, proved the exact opposite as Calgary fell 9-0 (!) last January in Boston. Flames fans can only hope to not witness a repeat.

 
 
 
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Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar chases Edmonton’s Magnus Paajarvi on Tuesday. The Kings won 3-1.
 

Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar chases Edmonton’s Magnus Paajarvi on Tuesday. The Kings won 3-1.

Photograph by: Derek Leung, Getty Images

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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