Win streak over, Kings aim to rebound vs. floundering Flames

Win streak over, Kings aim to rebound vs. floundering Flames

If the Los Angeles Kings needed a reminder of the importance of every game, they received it in their last outing. The Kings saw their four-game winning streak end after they lost 4-1 to the Edmonton

If the Los Angeles Kings needed a reminder of the importance of every game, they received it in their last outing. The Kings saw their four-game winning streak end after they lost 4-1 to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, dropping Los Angeles into the Western Conference’s second wild-card position.The Kings (38-23-11, 87 points) will be looking for a bounce-back performance Saturday when they visit the flickering Calgary Flames.”We have to forget it,” interim coach Jim Hiller said, according to lakingsinsider.com. “The season’s winding down, every game is important. I know we talked a lot about, ‘Oh, it’s Edmonton,’ but every one is important. You have to put this one behind us and take on the next challenge in Calgary.”The Kings enter Saturday’s game one point behind the Vegas Golden Knights for third place in the Pacific Division and have played one fewer game. Los Angeles has a five-point edge over the St. Louis Blues in the wild-card race.The Kings also must move past any lingering disappointment regarding their struggles against the Oilers. Edmonton — which is second in the Pacific — has knocked Los Angeles out of the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, and won three of four meetings this season.The Flames return home after a disappointing 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. Calgary (33-34-5, 71 points) is on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs for a second consecutive season, sitting 16 points out of a playoff position with 10 games remaining and riding a five-game skid.

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