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#21 Los Angeles Kings 5.5 vs.
#22 Calgary Flames -215
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:05pm EST
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
Written by Valdis Pans

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With a three-game winning run and a five-game point streak in the pocket, the Calgary Flames (6th in Pacific Division) are about to host the Los Angeles Kings (8th in Pacific), who have dropped their last three decisions…

Kings Fail In Edmonton

The Los Angeles Kings (11-17-2) kicked off their current Canadian back-to-back road stretch with a defeat, being edged out with a count of 2-1 by the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place last night. The Kings outshot the hosts 36-20 and won 59% of all the face-offs, but went just 1-for-3 on penalty kill, failing to score on both of their power-play opportunities as well. Michael Amadio (5 goals, 10 points this year) netted the only snipe of Los Angeles in the final third after the Oilers already led 2-0 following two man-advantage snipes in the opening frame. The Kings have now lost three outings in a row (0-3-0) and are 2-11-1 when playing on the road this season.

Goalie Jonathan Quick turned away 18 shots in Edmonton, taking his current performance tally to 7-12-1 for the year with a 3.24 GAA and a .884 save percentage. He has recorded a 15-9-5 career total versus Calgary with a 2.01 GAA and a .919 save percentage, while back-up Jack Campbell (4-5-1 on the season with a 2.88 GAA and a .894 save percentage) is 2-1-0 against the Flames historically with a 1.26 GAA and a .964 save percentage. The Kings are tied-3rd with Calgary in least goals scored per game (2.47), 7th in most goals allowed on average (3.27), 3rd from the bottom in power play (11.0%) and 2nd worst in penalty kill (73.9%).

Flames Extend Win And Point Streaks

The current winning run of the Calgary Flames (14-12-4) extended to three consecutive games after the team banked a 4-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. Milan Lucic (1 goal, 5 points this year) netted the eventual winner, banking his first snipe for Calgary after joining the team in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers in July. Johnny Gaudreau (6 goals, 22 points), Tobias Rieder (2 goals, 2 points) and Sean Monahan (7 goals, 23 points) also scored for the Flames, who are currently enjoying a five-game point streak (4-0-1) after losing six contests prior (0-5-1). They are 8-3-2 when playing in Calgary.

Goalie David Rittich made 26 saves versus Buffalo and has now gone 13-7-4 for the rolling year with a 2.70 GAA and a .914 save percentage. He has picked up a 2-1-1 career record against the Los Angeles Kings with a 2.73 GAA and a .912 save percentage. The Flames, meanwhile, are tied-3rd with L.A. in least goals scored per game (2.47), while giving up the 14th highest quantity on the defensive end (2.97). They are 20th in power play with a 17.2% success rate and 3rd best in penalty kill with 85.6% proficiency.

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Los Angeles has banked three victories in its last four games against the Flames, including the very last two meetings, both contested this season. It is difficult to imagine this run to continue, though. The Kings have dropped their previous three decisions, scoring just four snipes along the way, and don’t really give out an impression of a confident team. The Flames, meanwhile, are riding a three-game winning run and have collected points in their past five contests, triumphing in four of them. They have registered 42 victories in their past 62 outings versus sides with a poor overall record, while Los Angeles has been dreadful versus the Pacific Division, losing on the very last five occasions.

Prediction: Calgary Flames (-210)

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This series has not excelled as the most high-scoring out there, with no more than five strikes netted in six of the last eight encounters. Four of the previous five domestic contests of the Flames have also finished below the six-goal mark, while 12 of the last 16 overall games of the Kings have all turned out to be low-scoring affairs. So, go with the Under in this one!

Prediction: Under 5.5
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...