There’s no team hotter in the NHL than the Los Angeles Kings, who enter play on Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames riding a franchise-record 12-game point streak that includes 10 victories.
The Kings, with 96 points, sit just two points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the top spot in both the Pacific Division and the Western Conference. They finished a seven-game homestand with a wild 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
Calgary, meanwhile, is coming off a 5-3 home win over the San Jose Sharks as it continues to chase down a playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Flames are four points out of a playoff spot with eight games remaining and they have a 20% chance of making the playoffs entering play on Tuesday.
The Flames are -135 home favourites in this matchup and the total is set low at six goals.
|Kings Moneyline Odds||+115|
|Flames Moneyline Odds||-135|
|Over/Under||6 goals (over -115, under -105)|
|Time/Date||Tuesday, March 28, 9:00 p.m. ET|
|TV||Broadcast: Sportsnet West|
Tuesday will mark the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. Los Angeles leads the season series 2-1. The Flames won the first meeting on Nov. 14 by a score of 6-5. The Kings responded on Dec. 22 with a 4-3 overtime victory in Los Angeles. In their most recent meeting on March 20, Los Angeles cruised to an 8-2 home win after jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. The teams played over the posted totals in all three of their previous meetings.
About the Kings (43-20-7-3, 40-33 ATS, 39-30 o/u)
The Kings are riding a three-game winning streak into play and they’ve scored an impressive 19 goals during that span. In fact, Los Angeles is now averaging 3.45 goals per game, which ranks fifth in the league. The Kings also boast one of the top power play units in hockey (tied for second) with a 25.7% conversion rate with the man advantage.
Goaltenders Pheonix Copley and Joonas Korpisalo have also been a potent duo in net lately. Since being acquired at the trade deadline, Korpisalo is 4-0-1 with a .929 save percentage.
Player to watch: Viktor Arvidsson
Arvidsson has five goals and two assists over the last three games while playing the wing on the team’s second line. He took a season-high eight shots last time out against the Blues and is beaming with confidence.
About the Flames (33-26-12-3, 32-42 ATS, 37-36 o/u)
Calgary will be hungry for revenge after getting embarrassed by the Kings last time out.
If that’s not enough motivation, the Flames have just eight games left to chase down the Winnipeg Jets for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The good news is that they have a favourable schedule down the stretch against inferior opponents like the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, and Sharks. All of those aforementioned teams will be more interested in tanking for consensus No. 1 draft pick Connor Bedard than spoiling Calgary’s playoff aspirations.
Another good sign for Calgary is the recent play of Nazem Kadri, who has found the back of the net in consecutive games after suffering through a 16-game goalless drought.
Player to watch: Tyler Toffoli
Toffoli has five goals and six assists over the last six games and he’s matched his career high with 31 goals on the season. He’ll be facing his former club on Tuesday night, so that’s always good for extra motivation to perform well.
Los Angeles: Joonas Korpisalo (15-11-4, 2.91 GAA, .915 SV%) – confirmed.
Calgary: Jacob Markstrom (20-19-11, 2.98 GAA, .890 SV%) – confirmed.
Kings forward Kevin Fiala has missed six straight games with a lower-body injury and he’s considered day-to-day. Bettors will want to monitor his status leading up to game time as he leads the team with 70 points and is one of the most impactful players on the roster.
Chris Tanev is also day-to-day for the Flames with an upper-body injury. The defenceman, who plays important top-four minutes for Calgary, has missed three straight games with the injury.
- The over is 9-2 in the Kings’ last 11 road games.
- The over is 5-2 in Calgary’s last seven games overall.
- Los Angeles is 9-1 in its last 10 games against Pacific Division foes.
Wagers to consider
- Same Game Parlay Bet Boost – Kings to win, Viktor Arvidsson over 3.5 shots, both teams to score at least two goals: +600.
- Tyler Toffoli Anytime Goal: +150. Toffoli is hot and it’s a revenge game against his former club.
- Viktor Arvidsson Over 3.5 Shots: +125. He’s averaging 4.9 shots per game over 11 contests this month and he’ll be firing for a goal in a fourth consecutive game.
Other NHL games tonight
|Home Team||Away Team||Time (ET)|
|New York Rangers||-425||+325||Columbus Blue Jackets||7:00 PM|
|Philadelphia Flyers||-170||+150||Montreal Canadiens||7:00 PM|
|Boston Bruins||-320||+260||Nashville Predators||7:00 PM|
|Carolina Hurricanes||-140||+120||Tampa Bay Lightning||7:00 PM|
|Detroit Red Wings||-175||+155||Pittsburgh Penguins||7:00 PM|
|St. Louis Blues||-110||-110||Vancouver Canucks||8:00 PM|
|Chicago Blackhawks||+235||-290||Dallas Stars||8:30 PM|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+100||-120||Edmonton Oilers||10:00 PM|
|San Jose Sharks||+150||-170||Winnipeg Jets||10:30 PM|