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The Los Angeles Kings will try to move back into a playoff spot when they host the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on Monday night.
The Kings lost at the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night to fall out of third place in the Pacific Division with six games left.
Los Angeles entered Sunday with 89 points,
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, who are currently sitting in the second wild-card spot. The Kings
, same as the St. Louis Blues
who beat the Edmonton Oilers Sunday. The Blues next play Tuesday against the visiting
,are two points behind the third-place Anaheim Ducks
who beat the Flames 5-1 on Saturday for their seventh straight win.,San Jose Sharks
allowing them to stay close in the
,The Kings (41-28-7) earned points in the first three games of the four-game road trip through Canada
tightest NHL playoff race since the advent of the Western and Eastern Conference format in 1993-94.
"We got points that we really need to stay in the battle here,
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," Kings coach John Stevens said. "There are
, but there is no room for error
too many teams that are edging along for spots in the playoffs, and we'll need to be
, so we'll get our rest on the days we need to rest
ready to go when it's time to go. But,
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, so we've got to get out the
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, tough trip. It doesn't end here. We play Calgary in a day from now
door, get some rest and get ready for a big game at home against Calgary.", get home
but have gone 3-9-1 since. They come to
,The Flames (35-31-10) were just one point out of third place in the Pacific Division on Feb. 26
Los Angeles riding a five-game losing streak that's put them nine points behind the Ducks with six games left.
the Flames have out-shot their opponent in the past 11 games.,Still
" Calgary right winger Troy Brouwer told reporters after the loss to San Jose. "Guys are still wanting to
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,"Guys are still engaged here
play physical and wanting to play hard and wanting to play for the team. They're wanting to play for their teammates and making sure that
we're not having any lapses in our efforts."
however.,Calgary will have to take on the Kings without some key players
Sean Monahan, will undergo surgery on his wrist and has been shut down for the season after playing
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,who leads the Flames with 31 goals
his final game Wednesday in a 4-0 loss to the visiting Ducks.
Second-leading goal scorer Matthew Tkachuk and top-four defenseman TJ Brodie also did not make the trip because of upper-body injuries.
who they traded to the Ottawa Senators in February for defenseman Dion
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,The Kings will get their first look at Calgary forward Nick Shore
Phaneuf. Shore was then traded to the Flames two weeks later for a seventh-round draft pick in 2019.
" Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic said in the locker room after Saturday's
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,"We've got to come out and win some games here at the end
loss. "We have to come out play as hard as we can."
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