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Calgary Flames wake up at bottom of pile

Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano (R) fights for the puck with Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter during...

Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano (R) fights for the puck with Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, March 9, 2013. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:41 PM ET

LOS ANGELES — They woke up at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

If that's not an alarming development, what will be?

Heading into Monday's rematch with the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (8 p.m., SNWest), the Flames have nowhere to go but up in the conference standings.

Thanks to victories by the Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers during Sunday's action, the Flames find themselves in 15th place in the Western Conference — and 26th overall — with a 9-10-4 record and 22 points.

“Looking at the standings, we knew going into last game that we were two points out of last place but also, I think, four points out of a playoff spot,” shrugged Flames winger Lee Stempniak. “Everything is packed really tight. Obviously, you don't want to be in last place, but we're just looking to move ahead. Our goal is to look at the playoffs — eighth spot — and just do whatever it takes to get there.


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