Flames hope to cool off red-hot Kings

Flames hope to cool off red-hot Kings

The Los Angeles Kings have already set a franchise record with their current 12-game point streak that includes 10 victories, and they now have a conference crown in their sights.Los Angeles will look to continue building momentum when it hits the road to face the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.The Kings (43-20-10, 96 points) sit two points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the top spot in both the Pacific Division and the Western Conference, and capped a seven-game homestand with a 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.If the Kings needed a reminder to fine tune their play during their hot streak, they received it against the Blues. Los Angeles took a 5-1 lead in the first period, but St. Louis came charging back to pull within one on three occasions before the Kings held on for a wild victory.”These games aren’t going to happen the rest of the way I don’t think,” Los Angeles defenseman Sean Durzi said. “It’s going to be tight the rest of the year and we got to be able to close it out a little better.”Nail-biting win aside, the Kings have been clicking on all levels as they ride a three-game winning streak in which they have scored 19 goals. Their power play scored four times against St. Louis, and a handful of players are rolling offensively.”Over the last couple of weeks, we feel like our game is there,” Los Angeles forward Adrian Kempe said. “It’s not going to be perfect every period … but we’ve played really well over the last couple of weeks.”The Flames (33-26-15, 81 points) are coming off Saturday’s 5-3 home victory over the San Jose Sharks that helped keep their flickering playoff hopes alive.The Flames are four points out of a playoff spot with eight games remaining. If it does not have enough motivation going into Tuesday’s clash with the Kings, Calgary can be reminded of the 8-2 beatdown it took in Los Angeles early last week.


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