Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 4/8/2014
Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 PM on TSN, KCOP
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
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The Kings will be well rested as they travel to Calgary to take on the Flames in the 1st of their last 3 games in a postseason-bound 2013/14 season. The Flames can see the light at the end of the tunnel for this disappointing year and have actually been playing decent once officially eliminated from the playoffs.
The Kings are most likely locked into the 6th seed in the West with 96 points. It's actually not a bad draw with the current matchup being against San Jose, meaning L.A will only have a one hour plane ride to road games in round 1. The Kings are seemingly already gearing down for the playoffs and playing average hockey as they've dropped 2 of 3 after a 6-game win streak. L.A will have three days of rest heading into the Flames game, a team they're actually only 2-2 against this year.
Even though the Flames are the second worst team in the Western Conference, they've won 6 of 10 games from March 18th to April 4th including +192, +161, and +140 wins. The Flames were efficient in back-to-back wins Thursday and Friday scoring 6 goals on just 42 shots. Calgary looks to finish strong and return to the postseason next year for the first time since 2009.
The Flames actually won the 1st two matchups against the Kings this season, winning at +273 and +214 in October and November matchups. When the calendar turned so did the Kings fortunes, winning 2-0 on February 27th and 3-2 on March 10th. L.A has started three different goalies in the series and has been favored each time.
Los Angeles is 22-17 straight up on the road this season
Los Angeles is 8-17-14 against the over/under on the road this season
Calgary is 18-21 straight up at home this season
Calgary is 16-22-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
04/05/14 D Drew Doughty Shoulder questionable
04/02/14 LW Dwight King Undisclosed expected to miss 1 week
04/04/14 C Matt Stajan Personal questionable
04/04/14 C Mikael Backlund Hand questionable
04/04/14 C Paul Byron Personal questionable
04/04/14 D Tyler Wotherspoon Shoulder out for season
03/30/14 D Ladislav Smid Upper Body expected to miss 1 week
03/11/14 C Markus Granlund Shoulder out indefinitely
03/07/14 D Dennis Wideman Upper Body out for season
03/05/14 RW David Jones Shoulder out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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