Game day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

CALGARY FLAMES @ L.A. KINGS

GAME TIME: 8:30 P.M. TV: BELL, CH. 426 RADIO: THE FAN 960

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COMING IN:

Thursday's 2-0 win over Colorado not only clinched the Northwest Division title for the Flames but extended their strong run to nine games, during which they've posted a 7-0-2 mark.

The Kings have all but given up on the season, their third straight without making the playoffs. Last outing, they were bounced 3-0 by the Phoenix Coyotes and only netted four shots on goal in the third period. Los Angeles has lost four in a row by a combined score of 18-4.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD:

As has been the case with most Western Conference foes, the Flames are ahead in the season series. Calgary has taken two of three so far, including a 3-2 win in Los Angeles in October. The Flames have won four of the last five overall meetings and six of the last eight encounters in La La Land.

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WHO'S HOT:

* FLAMES -- He probably won't play tonight but Miikka Kiprusoff hasn't surrendered more than three goals in his last 35 starts, which began Jan. 10 versus the New York Rangers. He's surrendered 65 goals in those games, five of which went to overtime.

* KINGS -- You mean other than management having watched the team's meltdown? Former Flames fan fave Craig Conroy has two goals in the last four games. That's as good as it gets.

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WHO'S NOT:

* FLAMES -- In his last 11 games, Roman Hamrlik has only two assists in a 7-2 thrashing of St. Louis.

* KINGS -- Where do you start? How about Mark Parrish, with only four goals and a minus-9 rating in 17 games since being brought in from the Islanders for the playoff push.

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SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.5% (86-465, 11th); Los Angeles 14.2% (75-529, 28th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 84.2% (6th); Los Angeles 78.3% (30th).

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INJURIES:

* FLAMES -- LW Marcus Nilson (knee) and D Cale Hulse (shoulder) are out indefinitely. D Jordan Leopold (groin) and RW Chuck Kobasew (groin) are with the team and listed as day-to-day.

* KINGS -- D Aaron Miller (hip surgery), LW Ryan Flinn (concussion) and RW Val Bure (back) are all out. C Derek Armstrong (back) is day-to-day.

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NOTABLES:

Betcha wouldn't have guessed Calgary's road powerplay is actually fifth best in the NHL at 19% (48-253)? ... Thanks to his back-to-back shutouts, Miikka Kiprusoff has moved into a tie with Ottawa's Dominik Hasek for top spot in the NHL with a 2.09 goals-against average. Kiprusoff has played 73 games. Hasek has played 43, none since the Olympic break ... Kiprusoff leads the league in wins (42), shutouts (10) and minutes played (4,314:40) ... Remember the flak Daymond Langkow took early in the season when his numbers were being compared to Craig Conroy? Langkow has 24 goals and 58 points; Conroy 22 goals and 66 points.


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