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Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings

Kings descent continues as they lose key game vs. Flames


Once again the Los Angeles Kings came close, but their 2-1 overtime loss to Calgary was nevertheless a significant setback.

Going into tonight’s action, Los Angeles was just shy of a Wild Card spot. They were even with Calgary with 51 points in 45 contests, but the Flames were the ones holding onto a playoff spot thanks to the tiebreaker. The Kings squandered a golden opportunity to get back into a postseason position though, largely due to the efforts of Flames goaltender Joni Ortio.

The 23-year-old netminder was playing in his fourth game of the season as Karri Ramo is sidelined with an upper-body injury. Ortio kicked out 33 of 34 shots tonight, giving him a 1.23 GAA and .958 save percentage. At this rate it will be very tough for Calgary to send him down.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick matched Ortio for most of the contest and it was Los Angeles’ Matt Greene that was able to strike first midway through the third period:

Sean Monahan, who scored the overtime game-winner against San Jose on Saturday, came up big again with the equalizer 3:32 minutes later:

Dennis Wideman found the back of the net at 4:08 of the overtime frame.

Calgary and Los Angeles are both scheduled to play on Wednesday (against Anaheim and San Jose respectively), so it is still possible for the Kings to enter the All-Star break in the second Wild Card position, but either way the team is in trouble. Los Angeles has won just two of its last 10 contests. The fact that the Kings have gotten five consolation points over that stretch has helped, but that only slowed the bleeding. They need something more.

Video: Quick pulled after allowing 3 goals on 9 shots

St Louis Blues v Los Angeles Kings

L.A. Kings’ starter Jonathan Quick didn’t even make it to the midway mark against the Nashville Predators Saturday afternoon.

After Matt Greene opened the scoring 32 seconds into the first, the Preds responded with three unanswered goals chasing Quick at 9:43 of the opening frame.

Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson scored less than 90 seconds apart to give Nashville a 2-1 lead.

Then Ryan Ellis’ fourth of the season gave Nashville a 3-1 lead.

Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter had seen enough and signalled for a goaltending change.

Martin Jones came on in relief.

The Kings aren’t just ‘going to go out and blow’ their Voynov cap space

2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

Just because the NHL decided to grant the Los Angeles Kings salary-cap relief for suspended defenseman Slava Voynov doesn’t mean the Kings are going to use that financial flexibility right away.

“I think we’re OK right now in terms of numbers,” GM Dean Lombardi told the L.A. Times. “The other thing, it’s not just we’re going to go out and blow the cap space to blow it. It still has to be the right guy. … Let’s get real. Finding top-four defensemen, they’re not available. Because a lot of times to be able to do that you’d better have a guy to replace him because top-four guys are so important to each other’s teams.”

The Kings’ active roster, as of today, includes seven d-men: Drew Doughty (who’s been playing a ton), Alec Martinez (out with a finger injury), Jake Muzzin, Robyn Regehr, Matt Greene, Brayden McNabb, and Jamie McBain.

When Voynov was suspended, he was averaging 23:11 of ice time.

Related: Need a d-man? Here are five potential trade targets