Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Kings vs Flames Odds
Weekly NHL betting sees the Los Angeles Kings taking on the Calgary Flames Thursday December 31st at the Saddledome in Calgary. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey season long so stay tuned for more FREE NHL hockey predictions.
Los Angeles Kings (23-11-2) vs. Calgary Flames (17-17-2)
Date: Thursday, December 31st
Time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Los Angeles -126
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Los Angeles Kings look to stay red hot as they continue their road trip against an improving Calgary Flames squad on New Year’s Eve.
With 36 points, the Flames are just one point behind the Arizona Coyotes for 2nd place in the Pacific Division, and a win against the first-place Kings would help them get there.
The Los Angeles Kings have never been known for lighting it up during the regular season, but that’s exactly where they find themselves as the NHL season nears its midway point. At 23-11-2, the Kings hold a commanding 11-point lead in the Pacific Division over 2nd place Arizona.
L.A. has looked like the real deal this season, and the Kings are getting it done on both ends of the ice.
Tyler Toffoli’s 18 goals ranks 5th in the NHL, and goaltender Jonathan Quick, despite some struggles, is having a stellar year with a record of 20-9-1 to go along with three shutouts and a save percentage of .921.
The Kings have outscored their last three opponents 14-5 and are riding a three-game winning streak heading into their matchup with Calgary. L.A. also ranks 2nd in the NHL in shots on goal and goals allowed, so it’s easy to see why this team has a double-digit point lead in the division.
The Flames got off to an atrocious start when the season began, but they’ve been playing much better hockey lately by winning seven of their last 10 games. Left winger Johnny Gaudreau’s 17 goals is 6th in the NHL, right behind L.A.’s Toffoli, and his 39 points also ranks 6th in the league.
Despite Gaudreau’s success this season, Calgary has struggled offensively as a whole.
The Flames rank dead last on the power play and just 28th in faceoff percentage. They’ve also had a difficult time stopping the puck.
Goaltender Karri Ramo is expected to get the start between the pipes, and he comes in with a record of just 13-11-1 and has a GAA of nearly 2.7 to go along with a save percentage of .908.
Calgary also comes into this matchup with a goal differential of -21, which is tied for next-to-last in the NHL.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Kings are 19-10-1 as a favorite this year.
- Kings are 7-1 on the road versus Western Conference opponents.
- Kings are 12-5-2 on the road this year.
- Flames are 12-6 at home this year.
- Flames are 10-14-2 as an underdog this year.
Free NHL Hockey Prediction
The Kings are scoring goals at will, and they’ve owned Western Conference opponents on the road this season.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Los Angeles ML
The Flames have been playing better hockey as of late, but it’s hard to bet against the Kings in this spot. I expect a high-scoring game, but I see the Kings pulling this one out.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 4- Calgary 3
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