KINGS VS. FLAMES BATTLE FOR PACIFIC DIVISION SUPREMACY
The top two teams in the highly-competitive Pacific Division face off on Thursday night (five of eight teams are in playoff contention).
The Los Angeles Kings (36-23-9) will head north of the border for a hugely important game versus the Calgary Flames (40-18-8).
This game means far more to the Kings, who will need to make up 7 points before the season ends. While that's unlikely to happen, what we will discover is whether or not Los Angeles belongs in the "elite" conversation. The Kings were steadily rising in the standings, but that was before going a mediocre 4-4-2 in their last ten contests. So, beating Calgary would be a huge confidence builder and a bold statement to the rest of the league.
As for the Flames, their now the betting favourite among all Canadian teams to win the Stanley Cup (listed at about 10-1 at the moment according to Spreads.ca).
No doubt, Calgary's stock continues moving up. One major factor: The Flames' +71 goal differential ranks as the NHL's second-best (behind Florida).
The puck drop is at 7 pm MT.
OPINION (powered by Pointspreads.ca):
The problem here for the Kings is they face the Edmonton Oilers the night before. That's a tough stretch of opponents within a 24-hour period.
Calgary comes off a close but tough 2-1 loss at home to NHL's best Colorado and will be eager to make amends for that defeat.
The Kings, who could be hungover from the Oilers game are an opponent that won't be taken lightly. So, look for the Flames to light up and win the game.
Our recommendation is Calgary on the moneyline.