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Tuesday, November 25th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (8-8-3) at Calgary Flames (11-9-1), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - It has been an up-and-down season for Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. The Finnish netminder will try to back his club to a victory tonight in a home test against the Los Angeles Kings at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Kiprusoff is 11-8-1 this season with an uncharacteristic 3.21 goals against average and .892 save percentage. He hasn't finished a season with a GAA above three since his 22-game stint with San Jose in 2002-03.

The 32-year-old had been showing signs of getting on track. He stopped 22- of-23 shots faced in a win over the Avalanche on November 18, then halted all 18 shots faced two days later in Colorado for his second shutout of the season.

However, versus Detroit on Saturday Kiprusoff was tagged for four goals on 36 shots in a 5-2 setback. Curtis Glencross registered a goal and an assist while Mark Giordano scored the other goal for the Flames, who had won three of their last four games coming in and three straight at home. Calgary plays the second of back-to-back games as the host and is 7-3-1 at Pengrowth Saddledome this year.

Jarome Iginla leads the Flames with 11 goals and has posted an assist in two straight games. He has 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) in 44 career games against the Kings.

He did not record a point in Calgary's 3-2 win in Los Angeles on November 1, the club's seventh win in its last eight contests versus the Kings. Tonight, Calgary puts its five-game series home winning streak versus LA on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Oscar Moller scored both Kings' goals versus the Flames, but that also marks the last time he lit the lamp. He hasn't posted a goal in any of his last eight games, though Los Angeles hasn't missed his offense.

The Kings have gone 5-2-2 since that loss to Calgary, thanks to the strong play by goaltender Erik Ersberg. The first Swedish netminder in Kings' history, Ersberg has started each game since Jason LaBarbera allowed three goals on 21 shots versus Calgary. Ersberg has a 2.05 GAA this year -- fourth- best in the NHL -- and has never faced the Flames.

Ersberg made 26 saves in Saturday's contest versus Colorado, but was beat twice in the shootout in a 4-3 setback. Patrick O'Sullivan, Dustin Brown and Alexander Frolov tallied for the Kings, who had won five of their previous seven.

Los Angeles will be without forward John Zeiler for the next three games after he was suspended by the league on Monday. Playing in just his second game of the season, Zeiler was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for hitting Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote on Saturday.

The Kings have played just five games on the road this year and are 2-3-0 as the visiting club. They play in Edmonton on Wednesday as well.

11/25 10:28:58 ET


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