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Weekly NHL Betting action sees the Calgary Flames taking on the Los Angeles Kings January 19 at Staples Center. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.
The surging Calgary Flames will attempt to continue their ascension up the Western Conference standings Monday when they travel to LA to take on a surprisingly scuffling Kings squad.
Daily NHL Hockey Odds
Calgary (24-18-2-1) at Los Angeles (20-14-4-7)
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, January 19, 2015
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Broadcast: SN, FS-W
Flames NHL Betting Odds: +1½ -205 +152
Kings NHL Betting Odds: -1½ +175 -168
NHL Over/Under Betting Odds: 5.5 -135
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Each team has 51 points but the Flames sit just above LA in the standings due to the fact that they have two more non-shootout wins. Needless to say, Monday’s game is important to both teams.
The Calgary Flames have been very good lately -7-3 in their last 10 games overall and winners of four straight games on the road – the first of which came in LA on December 22 and the last of which came Saturday night in overtime at San Jose.
Offensively the Flames have certainly overachieved this year – they are averaging 2.84 goals per game. A host of Flames have been hot as of late – Sean Monohan has scored in two straight games, Lance Bouma has five points in four games, Mark Giordano and Dennis Wideman each have three points in two games, David Jones has five points in five games and Joe Colbourne has two points in his last two games.
Calgary gets a crack at a Los Angeles defense that has allowed 3.67 goals per game in the first six games of their current seven game home stand.
Defensively Calgary has really clamped down as of late – not a good sign for the Kings. They have allowed just 2.22 goals per game in their last nine games – Joni Ortio is 3-0-0 with a .953 save percentage in his last three starts which certainly helps.
The starter hasn’t been named yet but a look at Jonas Hiller’s 0-2-0 record and 5.58 GAA in his last two games makes the decision easy – doesn’t it?
The Los Angeles Kings have gone just 1-2-3 in their last six games – all on home ice. Even more head scratching is the fact that they have lost seven straight shootouts! The Kings are suffering in the standings because of their inability to gain the extra point.
Overall Los Angeles has been OK offensively this year averaging 2.78 goals per game.
Anze Kopitar is on fire – he has five goals and 17 assists in his last 14 games, Marion Gaborik has shaken an early season slump and has recorded five points in his last four games, Justin Williams seems to be out of his funk and has five points in five games and Drew Doughty has four points in his last four games.
The loss of Tanner Pearson to IR and the fact that Dustin Brown has just one point in his last four games is reason for concern however.
Perhaps the bigger concern is the recent play of Jonathan Quick.
When the Kings are successful Quick is their best player and he certainly hasn`t been lately.
Quick hasn`t won since New Year`s Day and is 0-2-2 in his last four games with a very uncharacteristic 4.29 GAA and .847 save percentage – yuk!
NHL Gambling Trends
• Under is 6-1-2 in CAL last 9 Mon. games.
• CAL are 13-3 in their last 16 vs. Pacific.
• Under is 10-3 in CAL last 13 road games.
• Over is 11-4-2 in LA last 17 overall.
• Over is 7-3 in LA last 10 home games.
• LA are 24-11 in their last 35 Mon. games.
• Under is 18-6-2 in the last 26 meetings.
• Road team is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
Calgary is 5-2-0 in its past seven games at Staples Center and have won three straight against the Kings. Expect that trend to continue Monday.
NHL Betting 4* Free Play
The Kings just don`t seem to be right – the Flames should be able to take advantage and maintain their recent dominance over their Pacific Division foe.
Calgary Flames +152
Take the surprisingly big underdog here!