Game Day: Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames
Keep your eyes on Brian McGrattan and Drew Doughty
Los Angeles (37-22-6) at Calgary (25-32-7)
7 p.m., Scotiabank Saddledome
TV: Sportsnet West
Radio: The FAN 960THE FLAMES
Keep an eye on
Brian McGrattan — Tough-guy bagged second goal of his season Saturday, and eighth of his 291-game career (to go with 600 penalty minutes).
* M. Cammalleri M. Backlund L. Bouma
* T. J. Galiardi S. Monahan J. Colborne
* M. Reinhart M. Granlund P. Byron
* B. Hanowski C. Knight B. McGrattan
* M. Giordano T. J. Brodie
* K. Russell C. Butler
* L. Smid T. Wotherspoon
* J. Ortio
* J. MacDonald
* G Karri Ramo (knee), D Dennis Wideman (upper body), C Matt Stajan (personal), LW Jiri Hudler (upper body), LW Curtis Glencross (ankle), RW Kevin Westgarth (concussion), RW David Jones (shoulder)
Keep an eye on
Drew Doughty — Best defenceman in the game now? Only 24 years old, the six-foot-one, 213-pounder does it all. Defends. Attacks. Punishes.
* M. Gaborik A. Kopitar J. Williams
* T. Toffoli M. Richards J. Carter
* D. King J. Stoll D. Brown
* K. Clifford T. Lewis J. Nolan
* J. Muzzin D. Doughty
* R. Regehr S. Voynov
* W. Mitchell A. Martinez
* J. Quick
* M. Jones
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. TRAGIC NEWS . . . Flames announced Sunday afternoon that Emerson Stajan, son of C Matt Stajan and his wife Katie, died a week ago following childbirth. A private memorial service is planned.
2. ABOUT THE KINGS . . . Los Angeles is 17-12-3 on the road . . . Defensively, first. Offensively, 26 . . . Power play, 26th. Penalty killing, 11th . . . Shutouts (10), first . . . Faceoffs, second . . . Kings have taken the third-most minors — but only 17th-most fights. (Flames, with 28, have been involved in 12th-most scraps) . . . Leading the Kings is C Anze Kopitar, 52 points and plus-25 . . . C Sean Monahan’s junior pal, C Tyler Toffoli, has picked up 22 points in 44 games, plus-18.
3. GIORDANO’S FIGHT CARD . . . D Mark Giordano has shown a willingness to do anything to help his team, including fight. Remember the night he stepped in to protect D Dion Phaneuf during a 2009 friendly against the New York Islanders? Giordano doesn’t scrap very often, but — including Saturday’s (eyebrow-splitting) skirmish with Vancouver D Kevin Bieksa — he’s dropped his gloves 11 times in 431 games. Worth noting: Saturday, Giordano uncorked a game-high 15 shots — eight were blocked, seven hit the target — and dished out a game-high four hits.
4. HOME COOKING . . . D Tyler Wotherspoon had the thrill of playing in his home town Saturday. “Yeah, it was special,” said Wotherspoon. “I grew up watching these guys my whole life. They’re my childhood team and I went to a lot of games as kid. It was special to get to play against these guys . . . it sucks that we lost but there’s some positives to take out of it.” Like, for example, his first NHL point — an assist on Brian McGrattan’s dump-in on Canucks G Eddie Lack that somehow turned into a goal. “Great backhand sauce,” joked Wotherspoon, the former Portland Winterhawk defenceman. “A great snipe by Grats there.”
5. INS, OUTS, WHAT-HAVE-YOUS . . . Flames, with 604, lead the NHL in blocked shots on the road . . . Calgary, Edmonton, Nashville, Buffalo have all been blanked a league-high eight times this winter . . . Flames, in 64 dates, have played 38 one-goal games — only New Jersey has more — stitching together a 19-12-7 record . . . Abbotsford LW Sven Baertschi (unspecified) is sidelined.
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