The Calgary Flames (14-14-5) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Kings (18-7-4) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The Flames are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Kings are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Kraken. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Calgary Flames vs Los Angeles Kings
The Calgary Flames Are Coming Off A Win
Coming into their game vs. Kings, the Flames have a 14-14-5 record. They hold a 8-6-1 record when playing at home, and they have gone 6-8-4 on the road. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 4th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 10th. Calgary’s average scoring margin for the season is -0.3, resulting in an overall puck line record of 17-16. When playing at home their scoring margin is +.1, whereas in away games, they are at -0.7.
The Flames are coming off a 3-0 road win over the Ducks. In every single period, the Flames’ offense scored a goal against the Ducks. Of Calgary’s three goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 44 shots on goal and four giveaways.
Calgary secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. Combining for 3 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
The Los Angeles Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their 29 games, the Kings have a 18-7-4 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 5-6-3 record, and their record on the road is 13-1-1. At the moment, they hold the 3rd spot in the Western Pacific division and are ranked 6th in the Western conference. This season, Los Angeles has managed to win 13 games by a margin of more than one goal while losing five games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 16-13.
The Kings aim to bounce back following their 2-1 loss at home to the Kraken. During the initial two periods, the Kings struggled offensively and remained without a goal, but they finally broke through with one goal in the third period. Los Angeles’ offense finished the game with 43 shots on goal and scored their one goal while shorthanded.
Los Angeles took a loss vs. the puck line in the game, going into the game favored by -1.5. The game ended below the over/under line of 6, with a combined total of 3 goals.
Calgary Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Flames are averaging 3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 18th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 7th in the league. Calgary’s offense comes into the game ranked 29th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 1st in the NHL.
This season, the over/under record for the Flames’ is 18-14-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 17 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Los Angeles Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Kings have an average of 3.5 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 16th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 16th in the league. In terms of the Kings’ offense during power plays, they are 19th in power play goals and 7th in shorthanded goals.
The Kings’ over/under record this season is 11-18-0. For the season, they have had 15 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.
Calgary Team Defense
The Flames defense is currently 19th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.5 shots per game against Calgary. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 24th with 1 shutouts.
Los Angeles Team Defense
Los Angeles defense takes on the Flames ranked 32nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 26.3 shots per game against Los Angeles. They alsso are 6th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Flames vs Kings Trends
- In their last three road games, Calgary has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 3-0.
- Through their last three home games, Los Angeles has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 2-1 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- The last ten games that Los Angeles was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 8-2 while going 5-5 straight up.
- Going back to their previous five games as the favorite, Calgary has an puck line mark of 1-4 while going 1-4 straight up.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Kings to defeat the Flames while playing at home. Given the current moneyline odds at -160, I’m placing a wager on the Kings to win outright.
When making a puck line pick, we’re backing the Kings to win and cover. Watch for the Kings to win this game by multiple goals over the Flames.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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