Calgary at Los Angeles NHL Betting Pick, Prediction & Game Info

Posted by Aaron . on April 5, 2017 in

The Calgary Flames (44-32- 4, 92 points) are finishing their regular season in southern California, and on Thursday night they visit the Los Angeles Kings (38-34- 7, 83 points). Calgary has secured one of the wild cards in the Western Conference but just took a 3-1 loss in Anaheim on Tuesday. The Kings will miss the playoffs this season despite the fourth-best defense in the NHL with goals permitted (2.4). They did knock off Edmonton on Tuesday, 6-4. Let’s check out the NHL betting prediction for the game.

Calgary at Los Angeles NHL Betting Pick, Prediction & Game Info

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10:30pm ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Radio: Calgary / Los Angeles
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Why should you bet on the Flames?

Given that the Flames are in the postseason no matter what happens in these last two games, it wouldn’t surprise me to see some regulars get some rest. Captain Mark Giordano may see some supplemental discipline after he took out Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler with a knee- to-knee hit, so that could leave Calgary short-handed. The Flames have nothing to gain by going all-out against the Kings, so I would expect them to take a conservative approach. The Kings, on the other hand, may go all out feeling that they have nothing to lose. If you like

Why should you put your money on the Kings?

The Kings have a solid defense — and they went nuts on offense when they put six goals up on Edmonton on Tuesday night. All six of those goals came after the first period, and Jonathan Quick made the offensive flurry stand up, stopping 23 of 27 shots. This was the Kings’ first game after their elimination from the postseason; many times, having that stress go away can actually free up a team, and we saw that against Edmonton, as the Kings kept rushing the net and all of their lines contributed. If they can keep that freewheeling style going against a Calgary team that does not defend well, they should win this.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I see the Kings continuing to rush the net while Calgary considers how to keep things secure for the upcoming playoff run, and so I predict a final of Los Angeles 4, Calgary 2.