The Scouting Report: Los Angeles Kings
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames will look to salvage what they can on a California road trip that has yielded little in the way of points when they take to the ice for the second time in three days against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings took the opening set 6-2 at Staples Center, handing the Flames their second-consecutive loss away from Calgary while giving themselves their eighth win in the last 10 games.
The Flames will have their only opportunity for retribution and at the same time jump out of the Western Conference’s cellar. The match-up is the last time these two teams will meet in the regular season this season. Los Angeles has won both prior match-ups and can sweep the season series for the first time since the 1999-00 season.
SOG: 68 | +/-: -1
With a goal in Saturday’s contest, Carter continues his scoring streak. The six-foot-four, 210-pound center has goals in four straight and 13 in his last 13 games and has found the back of the net 17 times in total this season. He trails only Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning in that regard.
SOG: 52 | +/-: -2
Though he has 10 points in 23 games, Doughty has just two points in his past six outings and three in his last nine. The second overall pick from the 2008 NHL Draft is also still searching for his first goal of the season after scoring 10 a season ago. Still, the 23-year-old has chipped in at both ends of the ice and leads the Kings in ice time with over 26 minutes of action a night.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
With three assists against the Flames on Saturday, Voynov has vaulted himself into fourth in scoring on the Kings. The 23-year-old defenseman is also second on the team with a plus-11 rating and is third in ice time among Los Angeles skaters averaging over 22 minutes a game.
The Kings’ plus/minus leader at plus-12, Williams is four to the good against the Flames this season. Williams’ goal and two assists Saturday paced Los Angeles to their victory, while the 31-year-old now has six points in his last three games.
Recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on Sunday, the 20-year-old Toffoli will be given an opportunity to step into an offensive role against the Kings. A two-time 50-goal scorer with the Ottawa 67s, Toffoli has continued his scoring ways at the pro level with 28 tallies in 55 games with the Monarchs this season.
BY THE NUMBERS
Kings’ Record This Season: 13-8-2 (5th in Western Conference)
Kings’ Record Last Season: 40-27-15 (8th in Western Conference)
Calgary’s Record This Season: 9-10-4 (15th in Western Conference)
Calgary’s Record All-Time vs. Kings: 109-80-21-4
Calgary’s Record vs. Kings Last Year: 2-2-0
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