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NHL Free Pick: Kings vs. Flames Betting Lines & Preview

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Weekly NHL Betting action sees the Los Angeles Kings taking on the Calgary Flames December 29 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.

An important Pacific Division clash takes place in Calgary on Monday night when the Flames host the LA Kings – a team they trail by two points and a team they will need to leapfrog in order to realize their improbable playoff aspirations.

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Los Angeles (18-11-7) at Calgary (19-15-3)
When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, December 29, 2014
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Broadcast: FS-W, SNW
Kings NHL Betting Odds: -1½ +230 -129
Flames NHL Betting Odds: +1½ -275 +117
NHL Betting Over/Under Odds: 5
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Both teams won their first games back from the Christmas break – the Flames claimed victory in the only meeting of the season between the clubs – 4-3 in Overtime December 22.

Despite what was a slow start by the Kings’ standards, they are still one of the top teams in the NHL – from the goaltending to the defense to the forwards. The Kings have been playing well in both sides of the rink and will certainly be eager to avenge a loss two back against these Calgary Flames.

The Kings are averaging an OK 2.75 goals per game this year.

Some of their top guys have been coming out of their shell and have been leading the team offensively. Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist Saturday to give him 12 points in his last five games, Jamie McBain (one goal and three assist) has points in three straight games and Jeff Carter has eight points (three goals and five assists) in five games.

Marion Gaborik is starting to score – nine points in five games and Drew Doughty has eight points in eight games. Even Tyler Toffoli scored Saturday – his first tally in 10 games – the Kings look good offensively.

Jonathan Quick figures to get the start between the pipes – Quick was 2-1-1 with a 3.46 GAA and .853 save percentage in four starts prior to Saturday’s win. Quick is 9-5-3 with a 1.73 goals against average against Calgary in his career. He gave up four to the Flames before Christmas and should be motivated for a big game Monday.

The Calgary Flames have put together a two game win streak after an eight-game slide in which it was outscored 26-13. One of those wins came against the Kings and the other was a 4-1 win against hapless Edmonton on Saturday night.

The straw that stirs the drink for Calgary is Johnny Gaudreau who has been on fire for the Flames. He has six goals in his last three games and has scored five of Calgary’s last eight goals!

He’s not the only Hot Flame – Mark Giordano and Juri Hudler each have three points in their last two games, Dennis Weidman, Curtis Glencross and TJ Brodie each have two points in two games and Kris Russell has two points in his last three games.

Calgary will need Gaudreau again – they are 8-9-0 when he is held off the scoresheet.

Jonas Hiller will get the nod for Calgary. He is 2-0-1 with a 1.97 GAA and .935 save percentage in his last three games and has a .934 save percentage in his last six starts overall.

NHL Gambling Trends

• Over is 7-1 in LA last 8 overall.
• Over is 6-2-2 in LA last 10 games following a win.
• Over is 5-2-2 in LA last 9 vs. Pacific.
• Under is 5-1-2 in CAL last 8 Mon. games.
• CAL are 2-8 in their last 10 overall.
• Over is 9-3 in CAL last 12 home games.
• Under is 7-2-2 in the last 11 meetings in Calgary.
• Under is 16-5-2 in the last 23 meetings.

The Kings are 6-0-1 over their last seven trips to Calgary. They have been money in Alberta.

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I’m expecting more of the same Monday – the offense is on fire and Jonathan Quick is too good not to avenge an average night in the last game between these two teams.

LA Kings -129

LA is still an “A caliber” team while Calgary is still a “B- caliber” club.

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