All is right again in Calgary, where the Flames have caught fire (pun intended) and are heavy favourites to win the Pacific Division. They can take one big step closer to that goal Monday night when they host the Los Angeles Kings.
Calgary has won six of its previous seven games to open up a six-point lead on a San Jose Sharks team that has dropped five in a row. The Kings own the second-worst record in the league, but have won two straight.
Kings vs. Flames Betting Odds
You’re going to need a sizeable moneyline bet to make any profit on the Flames in this one – but recent history is in their favour, with Calgary having won 21 of its past 28 games as a home fave while going 30-9 SU in its past 39 games played on one day of rest. The Kings have just three wins in their previous 18 games as an underdog of any kind, and are 2-11 in their last 13 played on one days’ rest. Calgary has also won five of the past seven encounters.
With a total of 6 for this one, both teams come into the new week with compelling under trends. The Kings have gone 17-8-1 O/U in their past 26 games overall, but are 3-1-1 to the under in their past five away from Staples Center and are 13-6 to the under in their last 19 following a victory. The Flames are 7-1-3 in favour of the under following a victory but have gone 11-4-3 O/U in their previous 18 outings as a home favourite.
Los Angeles Kings Led By Kopitar
The Kings finished up a wholly unsatisfying five-game homestand in style, recording back-to-back victories over the Sharks and Anaheim Ducks while scoring seven total goals in those victories. That’s a bit of a departure from the first three games of the homestand, in which Los Angeles tallied just six times total. Anze Kopitar leads the team in scoring with a paltry 53 points; to put that in perspective, Kopitar ranks 77th league-wide in scoring.
Flames Goaltending Back on Track
The Flames have had no such difficulty putting the puck in the net; in fact, they have five players with 70 or more points so far this season (Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk, Mark Giordano), the most of any team in the NHL. And while the defence and goaltending were an issue earlier this month, they have returned to prominence of late, with the Flames allowing just seven goals over their previous five games.