"I thought he was probably crazy or whatever," Hiller said.
The Flames goalie paused.
"I was hoping he would tell the truth," he said. "Now being here and having that chance, having it in our own hands to qualify for the playoffs is definitely something. It was a goal. But how realistic it was … at the end, you always believe in it."
Thursday's game between the Kings and Calgary could determine plenty or very little. A loss in regulation and the defending
The Kings' stunning loss to the
"We'll have to treat it that way," Doughty said after Wednesday's practice at the
"If we only win by one goal, that's fine. We need to win in regulation and treat it as a Game 7."
To start, the Kings need to get some scoring from up front. They have only one goal from a forward,
"It's tough to win when only your defensemen are scoring goals," Kings Coach
They are more familiar with Hiller because of his long tenure with the Anaheim Ducks. Accordingly, that cuts the other way too.
"I've played those guys probably more than any other team," Hiller said. "It definitely makes it a little different knowing they're the defending Stanley Cup champion. They have been in the playoffs the last few years, all the time. It makes it a little special. I know it's not going to be an easy game. They're going to put everything out there."
There are not any major lineup changes expected for the Kings. For the Flames, forward
"Usually I play my better games when I'm playing against bigger, tougher teams that are made for the playoffs," Bollig said. "They've been around. They know what they need to do."
It gets slightly complicated at this stage in terms of playoff scenarios. The simple part: If the Kings lose at Calgary on Thursday night in regulation, they will be eliminated.
The Kings also would be eliminated Thursday if they lose in overtime or a shootout and Winnipeg earns a point at Colorado.
If Winnipeg earns two points over its last two games, the Kings will be eliminated from a wild-card playoff spot.
The Flames need two points in their last two games to get in. They could lose in overtime to both the Kings and Winnipeg on Saturday and that would be enough to make it.
There are more scenarios, but bottom line: the Kings enter Thursday two points behind the Flames in the
Scoreboard watching, awaits.
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Etc.: Sutter went out of his way to compliment Flames second-year center Sean Monahan, putting him in a group with the likes of Chicago's Jonathan Toews. Monahan has eight-game winning goals and 31 overall. "I don't think Monahan gets enough credit in the league," Sutter said. "Everybody talks about the centermen in this conference and they don't talk about Sean Monahan and they should."