NHL betting matchups are growing more important by the day as there are 8 teams in the Western Conference separated by 10 points for the final 5 spots in the hockey betting playoff race.
Two the top contenders in the Western Conference will matchup at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Kings will host the Calgary Flames on Monday night with a starting time of 10:30 PM ET.
Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this critical Western Conference showdown that has major playoff implications so be sure and open your account and have it ready for action today!
Calgary is in a neck and neck hockey wagering race with Anaheim, Nashville, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles for the last playoff spot in the West. The Flames had an overall record of 37-27-3-6 and were 15-15-2-3 on the road with an even 16-16-3 split on over under totals away from home.
Calgary has been one of the better offensive teams in the NHL as they ranked 6th for goal scoring. Captain right winger Jerome Iginla has led the Flames with a team best 32 goals and 38 assists while left winger Rene Bourque had 24 goals and fellow left winger Curtis Glencross added 22.
Number one goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff had a rather high 2.60 goals against average but did have 6 shutouts and 33 wins.
Los Angeles had an overall record of 40-26-3-2 with the hockey odds and was 20-12-2 at home. The Kings went over the total in just 12 out of their 34 home games. Los Angeles has had unexpected offensive problems as they ranked a poor 21st in the NHL for goal scoring while the defense has been an impressive 6th in the league for goals against.
Center Anze Kopitar led LA with 25 goals and 47 assists while Jonathan Quick had a 2.23 goals against average with 6 shutouts.
Calgary has been a decent value at Los Angeles with 11 payouts in their last 18 visits although they have lost their last 2 NHL betting matchups at Staples Center. The Flames and Kings have gone under the total in 4 of their last 5 games at LA.