Flames vs. Kings Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

The Calgary Flames have gathered the best record in the Western Conference through their first 78 games. With initial place all but locked up, the Flames will need to figure out a way to stay inspired and finish the year strong despite their attention already being turned to the postseason.Calgary is back in action on Monday night when they visit the Los Angeles Kings, who are among the worst clubs in the NHL. Even the Flames, which is coming off a showdown with the San Jose Sharks the evening before, so it’s possible the Kings may take advantage of exhausted, travel legs. Let’s have a look at the matchup: Flames vs Kings Betting Diagnosis The Flames entered Sunday’s game with a 22-14-0 listing on the road up to now against the Sharks this season. Calgary is 5-1 in its last six games as a road favorite when recorded between -150 and -200 chances. They’re also 9-3 in their last 12 road games against teams with a losing record on home ice.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles is currently 16-20-2 on home ice this year. Home-ice edge hasn’t been much of one this year since they are 4-9 in their last 13 games at the Staples Center. LA can also be 1-5 in its last six against teams with a winning percentage of .600 or greater and 5-19 in their last 24 games as a home underdog when listed involving +150 and +200 odds.
Calgary Flames
The Kings have largely been terrible down the stretch of this year. They have only six wins in their last 24 games but strangely enough, among these wins came in Calgary (3-0).
The Flames are playing nicely since the playoffs approach since they were in goals allowed per game in the month of March (2.43), which can be a excellent number for them. They are at 2.72 on the season, so watching them tighten up as the playoffs approach is a good sign. As for their offense, its long been among the better units this season, averaging 3.53 goals per match (fourth-best).
On Monday, they will likely face Jonathan Quick, that has been bad this season. Quick has a pathetic 3.73 GAA and an .873 save percent since the All-Star break. Calgary should be in a position to exploit that matchup if he is between the pipes.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings have struggled to score goals all year and it will not get any easier against a strong two-way team in the Flames. They are 30th in the league in goals per game (2.4) overall, although they were 20th (2.64) at the month of March.
The Kings are a very top-heavy team headed by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown up front. But beyond Kopitar and Brown they do not possess a single forward that’s listed over 33 points.
Motivation is a significant concern here as Los Angeles probably wouldn’t mind losing out in a bid to finish with the worst record in the NHL and get much better chances at landing the first-overall pick at the NHL Draft lottery. At the same time, the Flames may be tired and might not care so much about this game themselves since their position is locked up, so that makes this game hard to handicap.

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