The Flames are back home tonight and will host the L.A. Kings. With L.A. already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, they won’t have much to prove against the young Calgary team. But with the offensive powerhouse, Anze Kopitar, who has 65 points in 75 games, and the toughness of Dustin Brown, the Flames will have to push back quite a bit because the Kings don’t seem to give in too easily even though they’ve already earned their place in a cup run.
Paul Byron returns to the lineup tonight. He will be in the second line with Mike Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler. According to the projected lineup, the top line will be Curtis Glencross, Sean Monahan, and Joe Colborne. Brian McGrattan is on the third line with Lance Bouma and Matt Stajan while Kevin Westgarth will be on the fourth line again with the newest rookie, Bryce Van Brabant and T.J. Galiardi. The defensive pairings will be Mark Giordano/T.J. Brodie, Kris Russell/Chris Butler, and Chad Billins/Mark Cundari and Karri Ramo will start in net.
Calgary has won three of their four games in April and don’t seem to back down against the most aggressive competitiors. It won’t be an easy win for the Flames tonight, but one thing is for sure – they will not go down without effort and heart!
This will be the third-last game for Calgary during the 2013-2014 season. They take on the Jets at home on Friday in their last home game and then the Flames will travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks in their season-ender.
Puck drop is 8pm MST and can be seen on TSN or listened to on The Fan 960.
Go Flames Go!