Calgary Flames (3-2-2) at Los Angeles Kings (6-3-0)
|Date & Time||Monday October 21, 2013, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -215 / Calgary Flames +195 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Flames head into Los Angeles fresh off a beat down by the San Jose Sharks on Monday night while the Kings have won two straight and are starting to climb up the Pacific division standings.
Calgary has surprised quit a few people with how well they have played to start the year and while all of their efforts weren’t rewarded with points, the Flames have to be satisfied with some of the moral victories they have accomplished by competing with some of the game’s best. The Flames did get waxed on Saturday against the very tough San Jose Sharks but they did look solid for a section of the game and they can use that as motivation heading into their affair with the Kings on Monday. Karri Ramo is likely to get the call in the crease for the Flames while LA counters with Jonathan Quick.
The Kings are smooth sailing at the moment as they have won back to back contests and six of their first nine overall keeping them in stride with some of the other Western powers as we approach the one month mark of the season. Los Angeles is very dangerous but at the same time they have been known to be streaky and while this is an upswing right now they need to avoid falling down a slippery slope. The Kings endured a losing skid in the middle of last season that derailed their chances at a division title but their experience kept them above water and if they can limit the damage done when they do go south for a few games they should be right in the mix come playoff time. Hosting the Flames here should be a chance for the Kings to continue their breakout but there’s always something fishy when it comes to Calgary games and until I can get a better grasp on what their mantra will be this season I’m going to stay away. Nonetheless I think we see some goals in this one as Ramo hasn’t played very well and I think Calgary will be able to muster up enough to get us the over.