The decision on whether or not Mike Cammalleri will get into his first game of the 2013-14 campaign will come down to the wire tonight, according to head coach Bob Hartley.
"We'll let him do the warm-up and then we will make our final decision," he said in his post-practice media address.
"It's common sense. It's always about common sense. Medically, he's been cleared but we just want to make sure that we are all good. He didn't get any practice time with us so obviously we want get how he feels and everything so for this, we'll sit after warm-up and we will make a quick decision."
Cammalleri himself feels good about how his recovery has gone but is keeping his excitement tempered in case he doesn't draw in tonight.
"That's going to be a decision for someone other me. Namely, Bob Hartley," Cammalleri smiled.
"I trust these guys. They know what they're doing and whatever they think is best for the group."
If Cammalleri is deemed unable to play against the Kings, the Flames have the option of using Roman Horak on the wing as the forward was recalled from the Abbotsford Heat yesterday.
"We're debating on this too," Hartley explained. "Horak has played good and I like the intensity that [Tim Jackman] is bringing with us. Right now, all the options are open."
RAMO GETS SECOND STRAIGHT START, QUICK IN NET FOR LA
Karri Ramo will get the call for the Flames tonight in LA, giving him his second consecutive start of the season.
It looks like Jonathan Quick will get the start for the Kings. The netminder is 8-4-1 with a 1.52 GAA and .939 save percentage in his career against the Flames.
"He takes away the bottom of the net so well and he's so quick across the crease," Joe Colborne told CalgaryFlames.com. "He shuts down the angles and he gets low. It's up to us guys to screen him and make sure we're pouncing on the rebounds because he's so good.
"When the rebound comes through, you've got to pull it to the side and get it up. He's going to take away the bottom no matter where he is on the ice so we're going to have to adjust a bit for that."
The Flames haven't had the best starts to either of the games they have played on this road trip. They gave up a goal at 3:27 of the first period in Anaheim and on Saturday, Brent Burns potted one at the 0:59 mark.
"I told the players yesterday at the video meeting that we need better focus," Hartley said. "We understand we're playing against great hockey clubs right now but without taking anything away from the other teams, I feel that we've done a pretty decent job of beating ourselves.
"I think that we've shown for the first five games that we were capable of making some good plays in the three zones and making sure that we're focused. That focus, that commitment, kind of went away from us and we need to bring it back."
KINGS OF THE PENALTY KILL
The Los Angeles Kings are some of the best penalty killers in the NHL, shutting down 89.2% of their opponents power plays this year.
CREAM OF THE CROP
Sean Monahan has 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in his first 7 NHL games, which has him tied for second in rookie scoring in NHL.
VERSUS THE KINGS
All-time vs. the Kings: 109-82-21-4
All-time vs. the Kings in Los Angeles: 40-40-7-3
Last 10 games vs. the Kings: 2-6-2
Last 10 games vs. the Kings in Los Angeles: 5-4-1
The Flames last win in the Staples Center came on Feb. 18, 2012.
"He's not a liability for us and that's pretty remarkable for a 19-year-old kid." - Bob Hartley on rookie Sean Monahan
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mike Cammalleri needs 3 assists for 250.
Kris Russell needs 3 points for 100.
Tim Jackman needs 7 games for 400.
Mark Giordano needs 8 games for 500.
TJ Galiardi needs 10 points for 100.
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