Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames Free Preview

The Scotiabank Saddledome will be the site for a Pacific Division clash as the Los Angeles Kings take on the Calgary Flames. The action gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 24 and it can be watched live on Sportsnet 360.

Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames Odds

The Flames are 25-22 straight up (SU) and have recorded -0.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. That win percentage, ranked third in the Pacific Division so far in the early season, hasn’t moved much from what the team produced during the 2016-17 season (45-37). Of the teams 47 games this season, 20 have gone under the total, while 20 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 12-13 SU at home this season.

Calgary’s converted on 18.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 17th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.6 percent of all penalties.

As a team, Calgary has been penalized 4.2 times per game overall this season, and 5.0 per game over its past ten outings. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays for a whopping 13.9 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.

With a .926 save percentage and 29.3 saves per game, Mike Smith (21-19-5) has been the best option in goal for the Flames this year. If head coach Glen Gulutzan decides to give him a rest, however, the team may turn to David Rittich (4-2-2 record, .932 save percentage, 2.03 goals against average).

Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan will both lead the offensive attack for the Flames. Gaudreau (55 points) has tallied 15 goals and 40 assists and has recorded multiple points in 17 different games this year. Monahan has 21 goals and 21 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 27 contests.

On the other bench, Los Angeles is 25-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 48 regular season matches, 24 of its games have gone under the total, while 20 have gone over and just three have pushed. As the road team so far, Los Angeles is 13-11 SU.

Los Angeles has converted on 18.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it’s successfully defended 85.5 percent of all penalties.

Los Angeles skaters have been penalized 4.2 times per game this season, and 3.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team has had to kill penalties an unhealthy 13.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Jonathan Quick (27.4 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Los Angeles. Quick owns a 20-19-2 record, while registering a .921 save percentage and 2.44 goals against average this year.

For the visiting Kings, the offense will run through Anze Kopitar, who has 31 assists and 19 goals this year.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone under in three of Calgary’s last five outings.
  • The Kings are 9-7 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 16-10 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
  • Calgary (2-4 in shootouts) has more experience this season in games decided by shootout. Los Angeles, however, emerged victorious in both of its shootouts this year.
  • Calgary skaters have averaged 10.8 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 8.6 takeaways per game (ranked 7th in the league).
  • Los Angeles has managed 5.2 takeaways per game over its last five road games, its season average of 4.8 takeaways per game (ranked 31st in the league).
  • Calgary could hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The teams 13-11 in games decided by one goal, while Los Angeles is 9-13 in such games.