Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames NHL Hockey Betting Analysis

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor

As we approach the season’s halfway point, NHL hockey betting players are prepping to make some staggering postseason predictions. According to Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames, the Western Conference is tighter than ever. Luckily for the Flames, they’ll have an opportunity to raise their playoff standing this evening as they host the LA Kings. What will the 2 team teaser odds have to say about this Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames Thursday night matchup?

Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames – Thursday, January 4th

When: 9:00 pm ET

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

TV: Local Broadcasts

Stream: NHL TV

NHL Hockey Betting Lines:

Los Angeles Kings +1 ½ (-310)         5 ½ (+110)      EV

Calgary Flames -1 ½ (+255) 5 ½ (-130)       -120

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings enter this evening’s matchup sporting a brilliant 24-11-5 record. After a dominant performance so far, Los Angeles is cozily sitting on 53 points on the year. Additionally, that 53-point tally ranks the Kings 2nd in the Pacific Division, 3-points behind the Vegas Golden Knights. With that in mind, it’s clear that Los Angeles has emerged as a frontrunner to qualify for the playoffs this season. Whether or not they usurp the NHL’s youngest team in the Pacific is an entirely different affair however.  Los Angeles is 2-2 in their last 4 games and will be vying to deliver more consistent results in order to lock up their playoff seeding. Despite having one of the best offenses in the NHL, the NHL hockey betting odds are siding against LA.

Indeed, the Kings enter this evening’s pairing with the NHL’s No. 13 best scoring offense. However, it’s Los Angeles’ defense that really sets them apart. At the present time, the Kings’ happen to wield the league’s No. 1 defense. Comparatively, Calgary enters this matchup with the NHL’s 23rd worst offense and 16th worst defense. Barring some sort of sportsbook miracle on ice, Calgary should fall short in this one.

Calgary Flames

The Flames fly into this Pacific matchup with a 19-16-4 record. That mediocre record grants Calgary 42-points on the season, which places them right in the middle of the pack in the Pacific. All in all, Calgary could theoretically make a push for one of the top-3 spots in the division, but they’ll need a great push to do so. And considering the fact that Calgary is 1-3 in their last 4 matches, it doesn’t seem like the Flames will be delivering that push any time soon. Instead, Calgary will likely fall short against the dominant Kings this evening.

Considering the odds the Kings are facing, taking Los Angeles on the money line is the best possible bet players can make on this matchup. Furthermore, given the aforementioned stats, it’s looking like Los Angeles will be walking away with this one. The low odds allows players to make a safe bet while racking up a pretty hefty payout. In fact, one could argue that this Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game is the best option to bet on this evening.