Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames
|Date & Time||Monday March 25, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Calgary Flames: -1 (-159) / Los Angeles Kings: 1 (+128)
The Los Angeles Kings and the Calgary Flames meet in NHL action from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 4-3 shootout win over Anaheim last time out. Anaheim opened the scoring just 3:47 into the game before Kyle Clifford responded for L.A. just 1:22 later. The game went into the 2nd tied at one where Jeff Carter gave the Kings a 2-1 lead in the latter stages of the middle frame before Anaheim tied the game at the last second. The Ducks took a 3-2 lead just before the midway point of the 3rd before Carl Grundstrom tied the game again for L.A., sending us to some free hockey. Overtime solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout where Anaheim missed all 3 of their attempts while Anze Kopitar buried the lone goal of the shootout to pick up the win for the Kings. Jonathan Quick got the win to improve to 15-21-6 after stopping 17 of 20 shots faced in regulation and overtime.
The Calgary Flames will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 3-1 win over Vancouver in their last outing. Mark Giordano opened the scoring just before the midway point of the opening period with the lone goal of the 1st, followed by Garnet Hathaway doubling the lead with the lone goal of the 2nd period. Vancouver pulled one back early in the 3rd, but that’s as close as Calgary would get, as Andrew Mangiapane restored the two-goal cushion for good just over six minutes later. The Flames would ride that 3-1 lead to the final horn, picking up another key two points in the playoff race. Mike Smith got the win to improve to 21-14-2 after stopping 27 of 28 shots faced in the winning effort.
Los Angeles is 5-16 in their last 21 games overall and 10-30 in their last 40 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Calgary is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 21-8 in their last 29 home games while the under is 7-1-3 in their last 11 games following a win. Los Angeles is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Los Angeles winning back-to-back games late in the season is a nice consolation prize for a fanbase that’s seen their team struggle all season, but the fact is that the Kings still have nothing but pride to play for, being the only team in the West so far that’s been eliminated from playoff contention at the time that I’m posting this. Calgary is still jostling for playoff position and have been tough to beat on home ice all season long. I’ll side with the Flames to pick up another win at home, and to negate some of the juice, I’ll lay a goal to start with Calgary.