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Calgary Flames vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings (24-11-5) at Calgary Flames (19-16-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

The Line: Calgary Flames -115 / Los Angeles Kings +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSWHD, RSNW

The Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Los Angeles Kings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 17 goals, Drew Doughty has 22 assists and Dustin Brown has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 87.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 69 goals on 976 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 19 goals on 287 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in their last six games.

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Calgary Flames vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Calgary Flames need a victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 18 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 30 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 82 goals on 1,028 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed nine goals on 118 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 12 games.

The Kings are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 12-5 in their last 17 overall. The Flames are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win. The Kings are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 22-8-4 in the last 34 meetings.

The Calgary Flames haven't allowed more than three goals since December 4 and the Los Angeles Kings have consistently been one of the top defensive teams in the league. The under has also hit in 22 of the last 34 meetings between the Kings and Flames. I usually don't play over or unders in my picks, but this kind of seems too easy. Give me under on the projected total. 

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