Kings vs Flames Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: Crown the Kings in Calgary

The Kings have been red-hot as the NHL season winds down, while the Flames have fallen out of the playoff picture. Our NHL betting picks are not calling for a reversal of fortune for either team in this spot.

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2023 10:43 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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The Los Angeles Kings will try to keep their push for the Pacific Division title going when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night.

The Kings are 10-0-2 in their last 12 overall, but only two of those games were on the road. The Flames are treading water — having gone 4-3-2 in their last nine overall — currently on the outside looking in at a playoff spot.

Can Calgary pick up an invaluable two points tonight? Find out in our free NHL picks and predictions for the Kings vs Flames on Tuesday, March 28.

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Kings vs Flames picks and predictions

The Kings have developed into “the team that no one wants to face” as the regular season draws closer to the end. NHL odds are dangling L.A. at a solid price against a Flames team that’s fading down the stretch, so I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

The Kings’ offense is what’s caught the eye of this handicapper over their last three games, as they’ve combined for 19 goals in that stretch. That includes the eight goals they scored in a blowout win over the Flames on March 20.

Their power play has been a driving force behind this success, as they’ve notched seven goals on the man-advantage in that stretch, including four against the St. Louis Blues in a 7-6 victory when last seen on Sunday. 

Viktor Arvidsson has five goals in his last three games, including two power play markers. But he neither paces L.A. in points since the All-Star break – as he trails Anze Kopitar 23-19 – nor goals, where he trails Adrian Kempe 14-11. 

When these three forwards are cooking, the Kings and their fifth-ranked scoring offense (3.5 goals per game) are extremely difficult to stop. 

Also making them a tough out of late is goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, brought in from Columbus ahead of the trade deadline and projected to start tonight. 

He’s dazzled in five starts in an L.A. uniform, going 4-0-1 with a 1.77 GAA and a .929 SV%. Korpisalo has been outstanding in nine road starts, authoring a 2.59 GAA and a .928 SV%. 

Calgary specializes in winning the shots on goal battle, as its second in the NHL in both shots for and shots against. But the Kings aren’t too shabby in either area themselves, ranking 10th and fourth, respectively. 

Even if they do lose this battle, having Korpisalo in against the mediocre Jacob Markstrom (3.18 GAA, .884 SV%) can cancel it out and then some.

My best bet: Kings moneyline (+115 at WynnBET)

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Kings vs Flames moneyline analysis

The Flames’ offense has been highly inconsistent since the All-Star break, and a lot of that has to do with the underwhelming play of Jonathan Huberdeau and Elias Lindholm.

The former was a prized offseason acquisition, but Huberdeau’s four goals and 13 assists over a 24-game span are disappointing by his lofty standards. The latter broke out by averaging a point a game last year, but Lindholm is also stuck at 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) since the break.

These numbers aren’t terrible in a vacuum, but they’re not becoming of two skaters that are supposed to be pacing the club. 

When you have a team as hot as the Kings are, the trends are more than likely going to be in their favor, and they are in this spot. L.A. is 9-1 in its last 10 divisional games, and 43-18 in its last 61 games against teams with losing SU records. 

Meanwhile, the Flames are 7-21 in their last 28 games after scoring five or more goals in their previous contest, 2-7 in their last nine home games, and winless in their last four games following a victory.

Kings vs Flames Over/Under analysis

A play on the Over would be a lot more appealing if Pheonix Copley were to start for the Kings in this spot. That might sound like a put-down, but even Copley’s respectable numbers in March (2.31 GAA, .902 SV%) don’t hold a candle to Korpisalo’s. 

The Flames have been far from punchless on offense even as the losses pile up, as they’ve averaged 4.3 goals over their last eight games. Former King Tyler Toffoli is on quite a roll right now (14 points in his last 11 games), and another solid effort from him in this spot would be huge for Calgary.

The Kings have scored at least four goals in nine of their last 12 overall. In addition to Kopitar, Kempe, and Arvidsson, defenseman Drew Doughty has had a hot stick, scoring in five of his last six overall. 

Kevin Fiala missed most of March due to injury, but returned to the lineup on Sunday and notched two assists vs. the Blues. He remains L.A.’s points leader for the season (70).

Trend bettors should note that the Over is 9-2 in the Kings’ last 11 road games, and 5-2 in the Flames’ last seven overall.

Kings vs Flames betting trend to know

The Kings are 8-2 in their last 10 games after scoring five or more goals in their previous contest. Find more NHL betting trends for Kings vs Flames.

Kings vs Flames game info

Location: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Puck drop: 9:00 p.m. ET
TV: Bally Sports West, Sportsnet West

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