Los Angeles Kings vs Calgary Flames Live

Los Angeles Kings vs Calgary Flames Live/  Calgary Flames Live/ Los Angeles Kings Live  The Flames hit the road this past week for 3 games and headed back to Calgary with a record of 1-2-0. The Flames ran into the buzzsaw that is the Washington Capitals and played very well, but lost 4-2. Calgary then headed to Nashville and played a listless game against the Predators and lost 3-1. The Flames would rebound nicely in St. Louis with a 3-2 OT win and find themselves 6th in the West, still in control of the first WC spot.

With further adieu, here’s Three Things From Week 25.Mike Vernon’s record of 12 straight wins will live on for another season. Brian Elliott came into Tuesday’s contest with a chance to dethrone Vernon as the Flames goalie with the most consecutive wins, but that did not happen as the Flames lost to the Capitals 4-2. Record or no record, Elliott has been playing out of his mind. With his 1-1-0 record last week, he’s now won 13 of his last 15 and clearly has taken over as the Flames top netminder. And finally this week, after chipping away at it, Elliott also took over the lead in Save %. Chad Johnson has held that title for most of this season, but Elliott snuck past him and now has a Save % of .911, which is tops on the Flames.

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Oddly enough. Calgary is inching themselves closer to their first playoff birth since the 2014-15 season. All the Flames have to do is win their next 2 games against Colorado and LA and they are in. Wouldn’t it be interesting if the Flames clinch against the Kings, when LA brought in Jarome Iginla to help get them into the Stanley Cup Finals?
algary jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the contest, but Boston responded with an offensive outburst. Head coach Bruce Cassidy was impressed with his team’s resiliency, especially David Backes. The Bruins winger had to be assisted off the ice after crashing head-first into the boards late in the first period, but would later return in the second frame and scored a huge goal to give the B’s a 3-2 lead. To hear what Cassidy had to say of Backes, as well as the rest of the squad, check out the video above from “Bruins Overtime Live.”
But what the 25-year-old winger does know from experience, the best approach to a recall from the American Hockey League is to enjoy the moment — every moment.

“Honestly, you never know,” Hathaway said following a hard morning skate Tuesday with players tagged to sit out at Washington’s Verizon Center. “Anyone that’s been called up or sent down, they know any time you get sent down, there’s always a chance you’ll never be back. So to get that call it’s always special.

“There’s always that unknown feeling. And it’s just something you have to live with and go day-by-day with it.”

In the wake of the two-game suspension to Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk, handed down on Monday by the National Hockey League’s department of player safety, and the absence of winger Micheal Ferland, who is still in Calgary being observed for a possible mumps diagnosis, the team needed an extra forward, so they recalled Hathaway from the AHL’s Stockton Heat.

In 26 NHL games this season, Hathaway bashed and crashed his way to score one goal and four assists along with 44 penalty minutes. He’d been sent back to Stockton on Feb. 21, exactly a month ago, to get some more playing time.

The Nashville Predators continue their home stand as the Calgary Flames visit Bridgestone Arena tonight. The Flames, one of the best teams in this latter half of the season, were below the Predators in the standings the last time these two teams met. Now they have 86 points to Nashville’s 83.

The Predators have been playing well as of late, but that hasn’t necessarily manifested in wins. After playing well over a grueling slate of road games against teams like Montreal, Chicago, San Jose, and Washington, the Predators dropped a game to Carolina before rebounding at home on Tuesday, picking up a dominant 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Hopefully the success from their first home victory continues tonight.

The Calgary Flames
After tossing an elbow into the face of Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty, the Flames will be without rookie Matthew Tkachuk. With 48 points on the season, he has become an integral part of the Flame’s offense. In the first of his two-game suspension, the Flames lost to the Capitals 4-2.

Nevertheless, the Flames have a plethora of other players who can all step up and put the puck in the net. While they do not have a point-per-game superstar on their team, Johnny Gaudreau is pretty darn close with 53 points in 63 games. Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan are also dangerous in their own rights. Finally, defenseman Dougie Hamilton has finally developed like everyone predicted he would. He is the highest scoring Flames defenseman with 11 goals and 47 points.

The biggest change for the Calgary Flames this latter half of the season has been the play of goaltender Brian Elliott. The former Blue has been the solution to the recent history of goaltending woes faced by the Flames. After posting a 2.87 GAA over his first 22 games, he now has a 2.50 GAA. While his stats aren’t that remarkable due to that slow start to the season, he has become a consistently good but not great goaltender for the Flames. That’s all they have needed to power their way up the standings in the Pacific Division and leave Los Angeles far in the rear-view mirror.

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