The Calgary Flames complete their quick two-game road trip through the City of Angels on Wednesday night when they visit the Pacific Division rival Los Angeles Kings for the first time this season. The unbeaten Kings are -130 favourites at Sports Interaction.
Calgary Flames at Los Angeles Kings
When: Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET Where: Staples Center, L.A. Moneylines: Kings -130, Flames +120 (5.5)
NHL Odds and Betting Analysis
Calgary was 3-2 against the Kings last season. The schedule between the two was a bit odd. They played Nov. 5 in Los Angeles, a 5-0 Kings win, but then not again until Feb. 28. Then they also faced off three times over the season’s final three weeks. Calgary’s final victory of the season, including playoffs, was April 6 in L.A., 4-1. Johnny Gaudreau (1G, 3A) and Sean Monahan (1G, 3A) led the Flames with four points each against the Kings. Last year with Arizona, new Flames goalie Mike Smith – assuming he gets the start here – was 2-2 vs. the Kings with a 2.25 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
Jeff Carter (2G, 2A) and Anze Kopitar (2G, 2A) led the Kings with four points each against Calgary. No. 1 netminder Jonathan Quick only played part of one game vs. the Flames and allowed two goals on seven shots. The Flames are 1-4 in their past five at the Kings. The under has hit in 12 of the past 16 meetings there.
Los Angeles Kings
It’s obviously way too early to make declarations about a team’s season, but the Kings (2-0-0) do look more like the club that was a perennial Cup contender this decade and won two titles than the one that slipped to 86 points last year and missed the playoffs. That cost Coach Darryl Sutter, also a former Flames coach, his job. He has been replaced by John Stevens. He had been in the Kings organization since the 2010-11 season and coached Flyers for parts of four seasons from 2006-09.
The biggest difference though has been the return to health of Quick, the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner. He was hurt in the team’s opener last year and played only 17 games. He has allowed one goal on 60 shots in wins over the Flyers and Sharks thus far. Quick is 13-7-4 in his career against the Flames with a 1.75 GAA and three shutouts. Offensively, Kopitar leads the team in goals (2) and points (3). He also had a disappointing 2016-17 campaign with 12 goals and 52 points.
The Flames (2-1-0) were +115 underdogs Monday night in Anaheim but won 2-0 to end an epic 25-game losing streak at the Honda Center in the L.A. suburb. Calgary’s last win there was Jan. 19, 2004. Smith was brilliant with 42 saves, while Monahan got his first goal of the season (on the power play) and Mikael Backlund his second.
Calgary hasn’t seen the debut of the ageless Jaromir Jagr yet as he gets into game shape. The 45-year-old only signed with the team Oct. 4. There’s a chance he plays here. Coach Glen Gulutzan says when Jagr debuts is completely up to the second-leading scorer in league history. If Jagr plays 57 games, he’ll pass Gordie Howe’s thought-to-be-unbreakable record of 1,767.
Flames at Kings Prediction
Los Angeles wins 2-1 as long as it’s Quick in net.