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Flames Have Been a Puckline Bettor’s Dream in Calgary

Two Pacific Division clubs on very different trajectories will meet tonight when the Kings, who are still technically alive in the playoff race, look to knock off the Flames at the Saddledome, where Calgary has won three consecutive games. Brian Elliott (13-1-0 in his last 14 starts) is expected to get the start for the Flames and sportsbooks opened Calgary as a -129 favorite.

SHARK BITES
  • The Flames are 11-0 SU in their last 11 games against teams with losing records.
  • The Kings are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Kings' last 8 games against the Flames.

This game is the season for the Kings. With a loss and a Blues’ win tonight, they’ll be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and Calgary will clinch a spot in the postseason and climb within three points of the Pacific-leading Ducks.

Calgary is an exciting young team that plays an attractive brand of hockey. The Kings are the complete opposite of that, scoring just 2.08 goals per game in March. At -129, you’re getting great value on the Flames tonight but if you’re not comfortable with that line, I’d suggest taking them on the puckline.

That -1.5 line for the Flames is being offered at +220 or better right now and considering they’ve cashed the puckline in their last three home games – as a favorite, I might add – it’s an excellent gamble.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Calgary Flames in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -129 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Wednesday's contest. The over-under total was at 5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Flames to win this game 3.2-2. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Los Angeles Kings vs Calgary Flames Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Calgary Flames bring a 43-29-4 record to the battle against the 35-33-7 Kings. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Calgary go 32-35-9 so far and the Kings go 22-35-18. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Calgary vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Calgary Flames sit at No. 21 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Los Angeles Kings sit at a No. 7 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Calgary Flames No. 15-ranked offense (2.78 goals per game) against a Los Angeles Kings defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.51 goals per game allowed. The Flames powerplay has clicked at a 20.34% rate while the Kings have a 84.96% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Oilers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Oilers at -130 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Calgary, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Avalanche at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Flames at -269 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Los Angeles is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Calgary is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games
  • Calgary is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
  • Calgary is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Calgary is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Vancouver, Friday, March 31st
Calgary home to San Jose, Friday, March 31st

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