NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 15th (All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (46-24-10) at Los Angeles Kings (40-35-5), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Northwest Division-champion Calgary Flames try to keep their pre-playoff momentum going when they visit the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on what will be a special night.
The tilt will mark the final home game for Kings star Luc Robitaille, who announced earlier in the week that he will retire at season's end. Robitaille has spent 14 of his 19 NHL seasons with the Kings, during three different stints. He is the team's all-time leading goal-scorer, and second only to Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne on the points list.
The Kings will be home for the playoffs, but will serve as a postseason tuneup for the Flames. Calgary has won two straight games, and is 7-0-2 in its last nine tries overall. On Thursday, Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside all 23 shots he faced to record his league-leading 10th shutout as Calgary clinched the division with a 2-0 win over Colorado at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Dion Phaneuf and Tony Amonte both scored for the Flames, who grabbed the division title for the first time since the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season. Kiprusoff blanked Anaheim two nights earlier, anchoring a 3-0 win over the Ducks.
Phaneuf's tally was the 20th of the season for the rookie defenseman.
The Flames will visit Anaheim on Monday to conclude their regular season.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, has lost four straight games to seal its non-playoff fate. On Thursday the Kings dropped a 3-0 tilt in Phoenix, as the Coyotes' special teams provided a lift with three goals -- two via power-play and one shorthanded.
Mathieu Garon yielded three goals on 18 shots before the second period for the Kings, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Jason Labarbera replaced Garon in the third period and stopped all 18 shots he faced.
The Kings will finish their season on Monday in San Jose.
Calgary is 2-1 against LA this season.
04/15 10:17:31 ET