Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (40-18-8) vs Los Angeles Kings (36-23-9)

Game Info: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -250 / Los Angeles Kings +198 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Calgary Flames host the Los Angeles Kings in Thursday NHL Action.

The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-23-9. Through 68 games, the Kings are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 196 times, good for a rank of 19th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.81 goals per game. So far, the Kings have a strength of schedule rating of 19th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 18th ranked team in the NHL.

The Calgary Flames get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 40-18-8. This mark places them 1st in the Pacific division. Through 66 games, the Flames have scored 232 goals, giving them an average of 3.48. This output gives them a rank of 6th among NHL teams. On defense, Calgary is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.45 goals per contest. So far, the Flames have played the 21st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Calgary's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 2nd in the NHL.

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Through 68 games, the Los Angeles Kings' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 14 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 42. On the season, he is turning 14.9% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Kings have benefited from the strong play of Anze Kopitar, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Los Angeles's 68 games, he has come up with 17 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.6%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -8 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.74 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has turned in 17 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In Calgary's 66 games, he has come up with 30 goals and 60 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 13.9%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Elias Lindholm. Of his 34 goals, 26.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +49. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.16 goals per game. In his 52 games played, he has turned in 31 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 29-37-2. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 11-20-1. On the season, 47.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings. In Calgary's 66 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 33-30-3. So far, taking the over when the Flames are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-16-2. On the season, 61.0% of Calgary's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 59.0% of the scoring coming from the Flames. With an over-under line set at 6 goals, look for the Flames to score enough goals to push this game over the betting total.

 

 

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