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Flames vs. Kings Pick – NHL March 31st

After the beating the Calgary Flames took last night, they have no time for a day off to regroup. Off to LA they go, where they hope for a much better effort against the Ducks’ rivals. Last night the game was over before it started. Corey Perry opened the scoring less than a minute into the game and the flood gates opened up. The Ducks tacked on 2 more goals in a couple of minutes time, extending their lead to 3-0 in just five minutes. Jonas Hiller got yanked and the game was essentially over for the Flames at that point. Calgary still hasn’t won in Anaheim since 2004. One of the most glaring trends in all of the NHL continued to be a cash cow last night.

The Ducks are trying to catch the Kings in the standings, the same team that the Flames will contend with tonight. One thing the Kings can’t do is see this game and think they can take it lightly tonight. That is when bad things happen. But even if the Kings played a mediocre brand of hockey, would the Flames be able to pull out an upset?
If last night is any indication, the Flames have given up on the season. This trip to California looks like an early vacation for Calgary. There are two ways of looking at this game tonight for the Flames. One is not wanting to get embarrassed again, and the other is that the end of the season is almost here, let’s call it in and collect a free paycheck.

The most embarrassing part of last night was after the Flames got their 1st goal of the game, to make it 5-1, they gave up a goal right back less than 20 seconds later. What could have been a nice little rebound for the second-half of the game and momentum for tonight, turned into a kill shot for the Ducks. The loss extended the Flames record on the road to 12-23-3. This is their third game of the road trip, which began with a win against the Coyotes. Let’s see what tonight has in store for the Flames in LA.

Calgary Flames vs. LA Kings NHL Pick

I hate doing a write-up on the same back-to-back nights, but when the occasion comes, I don’t want to ignore what could be money. There are a lot of teams that have a good chance of hoisting Lord’s Stanley Cup in the spring. The Kings have put themselves in a position where they could make another run at it. LA is 45-26-5 this season, which has exceeded what pundits predicted at the beginning of the season. The Kings apparently love to play with their backs to the wall. They get to pick up the scraps from last night’s wreck in Anaheim, a game which featured 7 goals in the second period! The score was 7-3 heading into the 3rd period, ultimately ending in a 8-3 final score.

The Kings are 3rd in the NHL defensively, allowing 2.34 goals per game. While the Ducks hold a top defense as well, I do not expect anything like last night happening. After last night’s implosion by the Calgary defense, the Flames regress even further back. They were already dead last in the NHL with regards to goals allowed per game, so the numbers from last night do nothing to help them out.

The Kings are an impressive 24-11-1 at home this season. I’m not going to try and get cute with my pick tonight. The Ducks are hot on the Kings tail. Both teams are still playing for something. I don’t foresee last night happening again, but the Flames should get lapped once again tonight. They do have to be feeling tired after playing NBA on ice with the Ducks, though. Maybe a 3-1 or 4-1 win for the Kings looks realistic to me.

PICK: LA KINGS -1.5 (+122)