LOS ANGELES (TICKER) —The Los Angeles Kings, who have received strong performances from goaltender Cristobal Huet of late, host the Calgary Flames in a matchup of two teams almost of out the playoff race.
Huet has started Los Angeles’ last two games and could be back in nets on Tuesday. The rookie made 21 saves in Friday’s 3-1 win at Washington and followed with 30 saves in Saturday’s 0-0 tie at Carolina as the Kings picked up points in consecutive games for the first time since February 11-13.
The Kings have scored just 11 goals in a 2-4-1 stretch that has left them 11 points behind Edmonton for the Western Conference’s final playoff berth.
Huet, who is the second NHL player born and trained in France has made the back-to-back starts following 20 in a row by Jamie Storr, who assumed the starting job when Felix Potvin suffered a knee injury just before the All-Star break.
Although Calgary is 5-2-1 in its last eight games, it is on course to miss the playoffs for the seventh straight season.
The Flames capped a lost weekend with a 2-2 tie in Anaheim in which they allowed two goals in the final 4:05 of the third period. Jarome Iginla scored for the third straight game and has 33 goals this season and 18 in his last 19 games.
Los Angeles ended a five-game winless streak to the Flames by scoring four power-play goals in a 4-2 win here on February 13.