The Calgary Flames will be out west the next two days, as they embark on a short two-game road trip on the west coast. They will head to Anaheim following this one in Los Angeles, so they don’t have to go far to find their next opponent. The Flames will then have a day off to prepare for a tough matchup against the Washington Capitals in Alberta on Tuesday. They’re coming off a monster performance against the Detroit Red Wings with a 5-1 win in Calgary. Between the Flyers and Red Wings game, the Flames are on an 8-2 run in their previous two games.
This is a game that some people will view as a trap game. The Flames are feeling good after easy wins against the Flyers and Red Wings, so now they enter LA on a Saturday night to play an inferior Kings team. While the Flames were flying the last two games, the Kings looked like themselves with losses of 2-0 and 3-0. They are on a three-game losing streak and have won just one of their last four games. The win did not look like a typical Kings game, as they surprised the Predators with a 7-4 score.
More often than not, we’re going to see results like the last two games from the Kings. 7 goals in a week is going to be tricky for the Kings to accomplish, never mind asking that out of them in a night. The Kings finished 30th in the NHL with 2.43 goals per game.
Expecting them to go from 0 to 100 without too much of a change roster wise isn’t going to happen. A lack of offence is expected, but Jonathan Quick and the goaltending playing this bad is not. Quick playing out of his mind really is the only chance the Kings have to flirt with the playoffs, and if his effort so far is any indicator, it’s going to be hard for that to come to fruition. Head below for our free Flames vs. Kings pick.
Calgary Flames vs. L.A. Kings Pick
Jack Campbell has by far been the better option between the pipes for the Kings. The Kings aren’t going to give up on Quick after what he’s done for this franchise, but there could be a changing of the guard in the crease if Quick continues to struggle. There are other instances across the league of this potentially happening as well, like in Washington with Braden Holtby and Ilya Samsonov.
Quick is listed as probable to get the nod against the Flames tonight. He owns a cringe worthy 6.44 GAA and 0.793 save percentage in three outings. In three games he’s allowed a whopping 19 goals, which is triggering the alarm at Staples Center. There really isn’t much motivation for Quick on the Kings at this point. He’s already won two Stanley Cups, made a lot of money, and this Kings team isn’t going anywhere. Jack Campbell on the other hand might have something to prove, though.
The Kings are dead last in the NHL with 4.43 goals allowed per game. If it weren’t for Campbell that number would be in another stratosphere. And other than the offensive surge against the Predators, their offence has been held in check. Subtract the Nashville game and the Kings have scored just 2 goals per game.
The Kings’ most recent meeting against the Flames in LA was a disaster. They were blown out by a score of 7-2 in April. Quick was pulled in that one after giving up 7 goals on 25 shots. If the Flames take this game seriously and don’t overlook the Kings on Saturday, they likely head into Anaheim on a three-game win streak. I’m not going to try and overthink this one tonight and go with the Flames for a unit in Tinseltown.