Calgary Flames (35-31-10) at Los Angeles Kings (41-28-7)
|Date & Time||Monday March 26, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -183 / Calgary Flames +165 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings meet Monday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Calgary Flames could use a feel good victory here to snap a rough five-game losing streak. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 31 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 59 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 136 goals on 1,621 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 49 goals on 512 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed four or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 33 goals, Drew Doughty has 46 assists and Dustin Brown has 201 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 136 goals on 1,738 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed nine goals on 123 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 14 games.
The Flames are 2-6 in their last 8 road games, 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The Kings are 2-5 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games. The Flames are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings, the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 23-9-4 in the last 36 meetings.
I'm never big on laying heavy juice in a hockey game were the margin of victory is very small usually, but there's no reason to back the Calgary Flames in their current form. The Flames have lost five straight and have been outscored 7-25 in those games. No, thank you. The Los Angeles Kings have been better defensively as of late and need to keep winning if they're going to sneak into the playoffs. I'll back the Kings on their home ice.