Flames at Kings Picks and NHL Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 3/11/2013
As a result of a rare scheduling glitch, this Monday night the Calgary Flames will face the Los Angeles Kings for a second straight time on the road after getting hammered 6-2 at the Staples Center on Saturday night. This rematch is set to get underway at 10 p.m. (ET), and it will be available on NHL Center Ice.
The Flames loss on Saturday night was their fourth in their last six games. They are now 9-10-4 on the year and bringing up the rear in the Western Conference with 22 points. The total has gone “over” in three of their last five games.
Los Angeles continues to make its way back up the standings in the West with an 8-2 record in its last 10 games. It is currently in fifth place with 28 points but still 11 points behind Anaheim in the Pacific Division. The total has gone over in its last five games.
Flames at Kings Betting Storylines
Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Kings has been very typical of Calgary’s season so far. It has struggled at times to put the puck in the net and has now scored three or less goals in six of its last 10 games. On the other end of the ice, the Flames are allowing an average of 3.3 goals-per-game, which is ranked 28th in the NHL.
Mike Cammalleri is the team’s top goal scorer with nine and Jarome Iginla leads in total points with seven goals and 12 assists. Calgary has used a number of goalies this season, but none of the four have been overly effective between the pipes. Look for Miikka Kiprusoff to get the start in this contest despite giving up six goals on just 16 shots this past Saturday night. Joey MacDonald did play half of the final period in that game and stopped both shots he faced.
The Kings slow start is just a distant memory as this team is starting to finally look like the one that stormed through last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. They have peppered the back of the net with 32 goals in their last eight games while allowing 21 to their opponents. Overall, Los Angeles is averaging 2.9 goals per game and sporting a 2.5 GAA, which are both ranked in the top third of the league.
Jonathan Quick is starting to regain the form that earned him last season’s MVP award in the playoffs but comes in with an overall GAA of 2.55 and a .895 save percentage in 18 games this year. Fortunately, Los Angeles also has Jonathan Bernier, who has posted a 1.92 GAA and .916 save percentage in seven games this year. Quick should get the start on Monday night, but this has not been confirmed.
Flames at Kings Betting NHL Odds and Trends
BetOnline’s opening money line this time around has Calgary listed as a +181 road underdog with the Kings listed as -200 favorites at home. The “over/under” line has been set at 5.
The Flames are 1-8 in their last nine games played on a Monday and 0-4 in their last four games played on one-day’s rest. The total has stayed under in five of their last seven Monday games.
The Kings are 21-8 in their last 29 home games and 5-2 in their last seven games following a win. The total has gone over in their last four games at home.
Head-to-head in this series, the road team is actually 5-1 in the last six meetings with the total staying under in five of the last six games played in Los Angeles. The one exception in both of these trends was this past Saturday night.
Flames at Kings Picks and Betting Predictions
It is hard to see things being much different this time around after the Kings’ dominating performance just two days ago. The final score will not be so one-sided, but in the end, look for Los Angeles to take full advantage of this break in the schedule with another win at home.
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