Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames - 12/22/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Calgary Flames (17-15-3) at Los Angeles Kings (17-11-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -196 / Calgary Flames +176 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Flames look to get back to their winning ways amidst an ugly losing streak as they head into the Staples Center to take on the LA Kings.
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The Calgary Flames have all but thrown away their early season success as they are stuck in an ugly losing streak in which they have lost 8 of their last 10 games and have spiraled all the way down to sixth place in the Pacific division. Calgary was the surprise team in the NHL earlier this season as they got off to a red hot start and were right in the mix in the very competitive Western Conference but this losing skid has other thoughts for this team and if they can't work their way out of it in a hurry they could find themselves back in the draft lottery as opposed to the postseason. Calgary is 9-9-1 on the road this season and will look to end LA's winning ways at home as they currently sport a 13-4-1 mark at the Staples Center.
The Kings look to lock up their third straight win and jump back into the race in the Pacific division as they currently sit in fourth in the division but are just two points back of the Sharks for second and nine back of the Ducks for first. Los Angeles has struggled on the road this season but luckily for them they have played most of their games at home so far and while they will inevitably even out they have to be happy with where they stand at the moment. Los Angeles is still without suspended defenseman Slava Voynov and while his absence is felt the team has performed well without him and they might have to get used to it as Voynov could be done for the year. The line on this one is a bit out of whack but based on LA's home record and Calgary's current slide it definitely makes sense and while I think this one will be closer than people think I do like the Kings to get the win and I'll take my chances with a regulation play.