Calgary Flames vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/31/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (23-11-2) at Calgary Flames (17-17-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames / Los Angeles Kings --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames square off New Year's Eve at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a nice road win after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 18 goals, Anze Kopitar has 17 assists and Milan Lucic has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 66 goals on 832 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 12 goals on 197 shots. Quick has allowed five goals in his last three games. Jeff Carter is questionable with an upper-body injury.
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The Calgary Flames hope to remain red hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 12.6 percent of their power plays. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 17 goals, Jiri Hudler has 15 assists and Sean Monahan has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 74.7 percent of their power play chances. Karri Ramo has allowed 66 goals on 720 shots faced and Jonas Hiller has given up 35 goals on 254 shots. Ramo has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Kings are 13-3 in their last 16 vs. Western Conference and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Flames are 11-1 in their last 12 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Kings are 7-17-1 in the last 25 meetings in Calgary and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Kings are still trying to find some consistency, while the Flames have lost just once in their last 12 home games. Hard not to pick the Flames in this spot.