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Saturday, November 1st (All times eastern)

Calgary Flames (6-3-1) at Los Angeles Kings (3-5-1), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The sizzling Calgary Flames will aim for their sixth consecutive victory when they visit the struggling Los Angeles Kings for tonight's battle at the Staples Center.

The Flames picked up their fifth win in a row with Thursday's close decision over the visiting Boston Bruins. Dion Phaneuf and Mike Cammalleri each scored power-play goals in the second period and Dustin Boyd scored the eventual game-winner in the third in Calgary's 3-2 triumph at the Saddledome.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves for the Flames, who will try tonight to match their longest winning streak of last season when they rattled off six straight victories from December 9-18.

This is the earliest in a season that the Flames have won five games in a row since 1978-79, when the franchise was still based in Atlanta. That year, the Flames posted 10 straight victories from October 14 to November 3.

Calgary is playing two straight games on the road this weekend as it will face Anaheim on Sunday. The Flames, who are 2-2-0 as the visiting team this year, will then play their next two games back in Calgary, beginning with Tuesday's matchup against Phoenix.

The Kings, meanwhile, have dropped three straight and four of their last five contests. The latest setback came Thursday night against visiting Vancouver, which posted a 4-0 win at the Staple Center behind a 28-save performance from Roberto Luongo.

Jason LaBarbera allowed four goals on 18 shots for Los Angeles, which is 0-1-1 so far on a seven-game homestand -- the club's longest residency of the season. The Kings are 2-3-1 as the host team this season and have dropped three in a row in the City of Angels.

The Flames have won seven of the last 10 encounters with the Kings, but have dropped three of five in Los Angeles.

11/01 10:34:51 ET


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