Calgary Flames (8-13-4) at Los Angeles Kings (16-6-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 30, 2013, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -221 / Calgary Flames +200 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Los Angeles Kings have hit a bit of a rough patch here of late, but it doesn't have anything to do with Jonathan Quick's injury. Ben Scrivens has been fantastic since Quick injured himself but over the last week and a half the Kings haven't been able to put the puck in the net for him. Los Angeles has scored just three goals total in their last three losses and that isn't going to cut it no matter who the goaltender is. On Wedneday night they traveled to San Jose and got a goal from Jeff Carter just 18 seconds into the game but it would be the only offense the Kings could muster until the third. That's when Drew Doughty's fifth goal of the season tied the game at 2-2 and eventually sent it into a shootout. Los Angeles scored three times in the skills competition but Scrivens struggled, allowing four Sharks shooters to beat him as the Kings fell 3-2. Los Angeles can't get on Scrivens for the shootout though because he was sensational for 65 minutes. Scrivens made 38 saves on 40 shots but it still wasn't enough. Now the Kings are at home to take on a Calgary Flames club that hasn't done a lot of winning in the month of November. Calgary is dead last in the league in goals against per game, with a staggering 3.64. The next closest is Edmonton at 3.41 but anyone can tell you that you aren't going to win when you're giving up almost four goals per game. When you're a hockey club that finds yourself right in the middle of the pack in goals scored it's hard to find a recipe for success until you start playing better defense. Saturday night the Flames have an opportunity to take on one of the better teams in the NHL and it's not as if the Kings are an offensive juggernaut. Still, if Calgary has any chance in this one they better jump out to a lead early and find a way to play some solid team defense in their own zone.