Calgary Flames vs. Los Angeles Kings - 3/10/14
Los Angeles Kings (36-22-6) at Calgary Flames (25-32-7)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames +134 / Los Angeles Kings -147 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Kings look for an Alberta sweep on Monday as they head from Edmonton to Calgary a night after doubling up on the Oilers by a 4-2 count.
Los Angeles is the hottest team in the league right now as they have ripped off seven straight victories to propel themselves up the Western Conference standings which currently has them placed in sixth. The Kings haven’t lost since returning from the Olympic break and with a win tonight they can inch closer to catching the Avalanche in the conference standings and avoid a possible first round matchup with the defending Cup champions who currently reside in third after the Blues won in a shootout yesterday. Los Angeles has all the tools to get back to the Cup finals and getting Jonathan Quick back into form has been a mission for the team since he rejoined the active roster after a lengthy stint on the injured reserve. Martin Jones who will get the start tonight filled in admirably during Quick’s absence and the team has a ton of confidence in him should Quick fail to deliver or heaven forbid get injured once again.
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The Flames have been playing their best hockey of late and for a scrappy bunch who was pegged to finish in the league basement it is a nice sequence to see them build momentum into next year. The team will have to do some revamping as they have a ton of holes in their current roster but there is some appeal in playing in Calgary and some free agents may want to land there in hopes of being a building block for a team in a rebuild. Calgary will look to play spoiler the rest of the season and while they have thrived in that role at times this season I don’t see it happening here despite the Kings’ run inevitably coming to an end soon. I like Los Angeles here to get away from Alberta with four points and I think they hand the Flames yet another loss on home ice.