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NHL Hockey Handicapping – Kings vs. Calgary
(43-20-10) Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames (33-26-15)
Date: March 28 2023
Time: 0:00 PM EST
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome
Hockey NHL Moneyline Odds: Kings +120 Flames -135 (Bet Now!)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Kings +1.5 -220 Flames -1.5 +180
Today’s NHL Betting Total: O/U 6.5
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For whatever reason the books continue to give the Flames respect while they continue to struggle. The other night they were favored over the Knights and the Vegas side hit with ease.
This line is no different for me and as of now I can’t see any reason to think why we shouldn’t take LA. Spoiler I guess.
Even with a potential night off for Korpisalo, they still have Copley who has been exceptional this season and the Flames goaltending is a disaster.
Blake Lizotte is also coming back after serving his suspension, and the Flames are still without Tanev, Stone and Kylington on the back end.
I don’t get it, I really don’t it makes no sense. And so I’m sorry for showing my hand early in this one and making this rather anti climatic.
For me this is less about hockey and more about just taking a team who hasn’t lost in regulation this month at +money.
But stick around anyway for a bit more news and I think I have another pick we should hit as well which I’m confident I can sell you on.
The Flames are 5-3-2 in their last ten games which isn’t awful but it’s definitely not good enough for this team which many at the beginning of the season said was the best Canadian team with the best shot of winning the Stanley Cup. At the time I couldn’t even argue it honestly and it came down to depth for me.
The problem is that depth outside of Dillon Dube have been ghost much like their top tier studs. Don’t get it twisted that because I’m an Oilers fan that this is just me expelling my hatred for the provincial rival, I’m actually really bummed about this because I wanted many many many more Battle of Alberta series.
It will happen again, but definitely not this season.
Offensively as I said and I’m sure you know they are just not getting it done.
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They get a ton of pucks on net but they never turn into grade A opportunities. As a result their shooting percentage is 31st in the league.
Even when they’re missing the guys I mentioned this team still has what it takes to get it done on the back end. They still have one of the best cast of defenders in the league in my opinion and if you factor in what they pay for said defenders you could argue they are the best.
You could point to goaltending as being the fatal flaw of this team this year as Markstrom has gone from a Vezina finalist to one of the worst goalies in the league (by the numbers) and Vladar in relief has also been really inconsistent.
I find it very hard to believe that we’ve seen the last of Markstrom at his peak, I think next season he will refocus and get back to the player we all know him as. But he’s not getting any younger either so I do wonder if this is a concern of Brad Trevilings.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings have rattled off three in a row and just beat the Blues in an incredibly chaotic game that was 7-6. Binnington, wow.
What does concern me slightly in backing them is that the two overtime losses that they endured over this stretch were to Vancouver and Nashville who are similarly hungry groups hunting for playoffs much like the Flames. The Canucks we can all agree are not going to make it but nevertheless they’re technically in it and are sure as hell playing like it.
This offense is one of the better ones in the NHL in the sense that their production is really spread out between a plethora of guys unlike other top heavy teams. Death by a thousand cuts.
They’re 7th in the league right now in goals per game and tied for 9th in shooting percentage. Their biggest strength however is that at the center position and how lethal they are at taking draws.
53% win rate good for 3rd in the league.
Defensively this team was already good but the addition of Gavrikov has paid early dividends as they now have a top shut down guy on the left side which was one thing they lacked. Their metrics are solid and they are 4th in the league in SOG allowed, very good.
The issue in the numbers is that Quick and Petersen began the year and due to their struggles their goals allowed per game on the season is 17th in the NHL, which honestly just makes me even more afraid of this team considering they kept winning despite it.
But, Korpisalo is arguably the most impactful trade deadline acquisition and Copley (who gets the start for this one) is quietly 24-4-3!
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I cannot for the life of me find a reason here why the Flames should be favored and home ice isn’t enough, we know that. The Kings have a clean bill of health, they’re getting Lizotte back from suspension, they haven’t lost in regulation this month.
The Flames are missing 3 key defensemen, have terrible goaltending and can’t score. I also can’t find any news on whether or not the Kings are resting guys like the Bruins are which almost bit me in the ass yesterday.
It is a no brainer to take the Kings at plus money in this one. We all know how the Flames have been this season and how red hot the Kings are. really all season but they’ve been that much better post deadline.
Don’t think too hard, hit the Kings.
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