It helps that the Kings (6-2) are coming off two consecutive road wins in which Conroy broke out of an early slump with two goals and five assists. “I’m excited,” Conroy said. “It’s a chance to play your former team, it’s at home and it’s a big game for us because we’d love to go to 7-2. It’s going to be fun to play against those guys.” It’s been a long wait for Craig Conroy, but the Kings’ center will finally take the ice against his former team tonight when Calgary visits Staples Center. Conroy played three seasons with the Flames, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003-2004 before signing with the Kings as a free agent later that summer. The NHL lockout delayed his reunion with his former mates more than a year, but now that the day is finally here he’s definitely looking forward to it. The Flames hardly resemble the team Conroy played with, returning just 10 players from the club that lost to Tampa Bay in seven games in the finals. That may account for their slow start this year, winning just four of their first eight games before playing at Dallas Saturday. “It’s definitely a different team but the expectations are always high in Calgary,” Conroy said. “We just want to play our game, hopefully get off to a quick start and put them in a position to have to play catch up.” Conroy was surprised to hear there’s been talk in Calgary that the Flames miss their former center, although he doesn’t hold a grudge that the team didn’t bring him back. According to Conroy, it was simply a decision by coach/general manager Darryl Sutter to being in his type of players. “You have to go with guys who you feel comfortable with and I guess that’s what he decided to do,” Conroy said. Cowan returns: Jeff Cowan practiced for the first time Saturday since suffering the groin injury that’s kept the forward out of six games, although it’s uncertain if he’ll play tonight against the Flames. “It’s been a nagging injury and it’s taken it’s time healing but the last couple of days have been good on the ice and it felt great to get out there today with the guys,” Cowan said. Cowan will leave the decision whether he suits up or not to the coaches. Another practice might be helpful just to get back into the swing of things,” Cowan said. “But if it’s not Sunday definitely Tuesday.” Avery uncertain: Sean Avery returned to the ice after suffering an ankle sprain in Wednesday’s win over Colorado. Avery missed Thursday’s win over Dallas and a decision on his status will be made today. “He looked much improved,” Kings coach Andy Murray said. Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!