The Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames meet Monday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Los Angeles Kings look to build on their 4-game winning streak. The Calgary Flames need a win after losing 7 of their last 8 games.
The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 3.24 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Vilardi leads Los Angeles with 10 goals, Kevin Fiala has 11 assists and Trevor Moore has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.35 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 33 goals on 343 shots faced, and Cal Petersen has allowed 22 goals on 165 shots.
The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.93 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Nazem Kadri leads Calgary with 7 goals, Rasmus Andersson has 11 assists and Tyler Toffoli has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.21 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 30 goals on 285 shots faced, and Dan Vladar has given up 12 goals on 101 shots.
The Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-7 in their last 8 overall. The over is 9-4-2 in Kings last 15 overall. The under is 7-3 in Flames last 10 overall. The under is 15-7-3 in the last 25 meetings in Calgary and 33-14-4 in the last 51 meetings.
The Calgary Flames are the better team on paper and will get the benefit of the doubt at home, but too bad, games aren’t played on paper. The Los Angeles Kings have played the better hockey through 17 games, and their offense continues to turn some heads. We’re getting the team in better form at plus money. I’ll take it.