The L.A. Kings have an uphill battle to overcome if they want to be in the playoffs. On the road in western Canada probably isn’t going to help in the immediate future. The Kings have only 1 win in their last four games, compiling a record of 35-32-3 in total. It puts them as the first team out of the wildcard in the Western Conference, but the race isn’t the most exciting, as the different between them and the final wildcard is 11 points as I write this article.
They were in Edmonton last night taking on the streaking Oilers, having to take another loss with a 2-1 final. No time for the Kings to dwell on it though, as they take on the other team in Alberta known as the Calgary Flames. It’s been a momentous year for Albertans, whether you’re a Flames or Kings’ fan.
Both are destined for the playoffs and might make an impact as well. Another win last night padded the Oilers’ 3rd place lead over the Flames in the Pacific. The Flames are feeling comfortable with a wildcard spot at 43-29-2.
Anything could still happen, though. Maybe the Flames finish up the regular season in a nosedive and get pushed out? Unlikely, because they would have to go winless the rest of the way for that to transpire. 13 points ahead of the Kings though, it’s looking fairly promising.
A win over the Kings tonight would provide an additional cushion, which would give them the final win needed to clinch a playoff spot. The Flames most definitely deserve to be there, and their ticket may be granted tonight at home. We came up with a successful pick last night, let’s look for another for our Kings vs. Flames pick on Wednesday night.
L.A. Kings vs. Calgary Flames Pick
The Flames have been rather kind to you if you’ve been riding them all season long. In fact, you’d have a rather sizable bankroll to go into the playoffs with if that was the case. I don’t think anyone had the guts to bet the Flames after their rather abysmal start to the season.
They won just 1 game across their six games of the season, but winged off nine straight wins in February to March to set them up in prime position. After Brian Elliott settled in, it was pretty well smooth sailing for the Flames from there.
Note that the Flames have scored 3.10 goals per game in their last ten outings, and allowing 2.20 goals per game during that same span. There overall numbers don’t look nearly as impressive, but that early start to the season is not indicative with regards to what they’ve done in the second-half of the season. The Kings are a measly 14-19-3 on the road this season, which has certainly led to their demise. I don’t really know if the Kings care at this point. They’re well aware that their season is in the toilet, and their chance to comeback to make the postseason is especially dire. I recommended getting in on the Flames for your Wednesday night NHL pick.
PICK: FLAMES (-135)