Flames at Kings pregame tidbits – plus ticket contest

A few pregame notes on tonight’s Kings-Flames match-up at The Stapler…

– LA has beaten Calgary three straight games at home, all by the final score of 2-1.

Curtis Glencross, the Flames leading goal scorer (with 18) was sent back to Calgary after suffering a lower body injury in San Jose on Tuesday.

– The Flames are expected to have four former Kings in the line-up tonight (and it could have been five if Raitis Ivanans wasn’t sent back to the minors a few weeks ago). Their projected line combos are:

Mike Cammalleri – Mikael Backlund – Jarome Iginla
Blake Comeau – Olli JokinenTim Jackman
Tom Kostopolous – Blair Jones – Lee Stempniak
Lance Bouma – Roman Horak – Matt Stajan

Note: The Flames played with a extra defenseman vs the Sharks. If they do that again tonight, Horak will likely be scratched in favor of Anton Babchuk.

Miikka Kiprusoff will start for the Flames and the Kings will counter with Jonathan Quick in net.  Kipper is 17-8-3 lifetime vs. LA, with a 2.17 goals-against average.  However, at Staples Center he’s only 6-5-2.  Quick is 5-3-0 vs the Flames overall, with a stellar 1.84 GAA.

– Coach Darryl Sutter is not expected to make any line-up changes tonight, so expect to see the following line combos:

Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Dustin Penner – Mike Richards – Jarret Stoll
Brad Richardson – Andrei Loktionov – Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Trent Hunter

Finally, we’ll be giving away a free pair of tickets in tonight’s MayorsManor First Goal contest. It’s easy to play, simply leave a comment below with the LA player you think will score first vs. the Flames…or reply to the facebook / twitter updates that will come out around 6:30pm. All correct answers will be pooled together and one random winner will get a pair of tickets to see the Kings and Avalanche on Saturday night. Good luck!

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