Kings want improvement at home for the holidays, face Flames

Kings want improvement at home for the holidays, face Flames

The Los Angeles Kings will attempt to change their fortunes at home when they meet the Calgary Flames on Saturday in the final clash for both teams before the holiday break.Despite being in the chase

The Los Angeles Kings will attempt to change their fortunes at home when they meet the Calgary Flames on Saturday in the final clash for both teams before the holiday break.Despite being in the chase for top spot in the league, the Kings have a surprisingly mediocre record on home ice. While the Kings have racked up an outstanding 13-1-1 mark on the road, they are 5-6-3 at home.A visit from the Flames is an opportunity for the Kings to banish their latest home disappointment, a 2-1 loss to the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday.”Sometimes you don’t get the bounces … but we needed to work a little bit harder to get the bounces,” said forward Blake Lizotte, who scored the Kings’ lone goal in the loss. “You make your own luck.”The Kings have lost two straight home games and have only two victories in their last six outings (2-3-1).On average, the Kings are scoring nearly one fewer goal per game at home compared to on the road, and surrendering one more goal. Their power play has clicked at 27.5 percent on the road but only 14 percent at home.The struggles were front and center against Seattle, even though Los Angeles fired 43 shots on goal.”The volume was there. I didn’t think we did a real good job at the net,” coach Todd McLellan said. “We didn’t really want to get dirty or get down and dig in around the net. If it was going to be easy, we were going to take it, but they … didn’t give up much there.”The Flames arrive after a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, a win in which goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots to earn his first shutout of the season and 200th career victory, becoming only the third Swedish goalie in NHL history to reach that mark.

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