A disappointing Flames road trip ended Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 loss to Dallas, the second straight regulation time defeat. Calgary hasn't lost three straight in regulation this season.
Los Angeles is in a win-one, lose-one mode, dropping a 7-4 game in Vancouver Monday night. The Kings, however, have struggled mightily to fall out of a playoff spot, posting a 2-5-0 record in their last seven outings.
They've surrendered 31 goals in those seven games.
HEAD TO HEAD:
It's been a visitors' series so far, with Calgary winning 3-2 in Los Angeles in October and the Kings claiming a 5-2 game here in December.
The teams meet again April 15.
FLAMES -- Jordan Leopold has six points (2-4-6) in the last three games, while Jamie Lundmark has one goal and three helpers in that time.
KINGS -- Mark Parrish, acquired from the Islanders near the trade deadline, has three goals and two assists in the last two games.
FLAMES -- Tony Amonte's last goal came Jan. 14, while Stephane Yelle hasn't lit a lamp since Jan. 7.
KINGS -- Goaltender Mathieu Garon has surrendered four or more goals in seven of his last nine starts and been yanked three times.
POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.6% (78-419, 10th); Los Angeles 15.2% (73-480, 27th).
PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 83.6% (12th); Los Angeles 78.6% (28th).
FLAMES -- LW Marcus Nilson (knee) joins the injured brigade that includes RW Darren McCarty (back/groin), LW Mike Leclerc (wrist) and D Rhett Warrener (knee).
KINGS -- RW Val Bure had surgery for both his back and hip and hasn't played this season. LW Ryan Flinn (concussion), C Jeremy Roenick (ankle), RW Pavol Demitra (concussion/nasal fracture) and LW Jeff Cowan (back) are all listed as out. C Derek Armstrong (back) and D Tim Gleason (knee) are day-to-day. Roenick, listed as being out for the regular season, flew to Calgary yesterday and may try to give his injured ankle a whirl.
Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter wouldn't divulge the results from the MRI done on Marcus Nilson's knee, saying it was an "official lower-body injury." Sutter was less forthcoming on when he expected Nilson to return to action, saying "He should play in '06." ... Calgary's forward lines at practice yesterday were: Kristian Huselius-Daymond Langkow-Jarome Iginla; Tony Amonte-Jamie Lundmark-Chuck Kobasew; Matthew Lombardi-Stephane Yelle-Shean Donovan; and Chris Simon-Byron Ritchie-Craig MacDonald.