Calgary Flames vs LA Kings- 4/9/15 NHL Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NHL Western conference playoff race is hot and heavy and the big game tonight for NHL Fantasy Managers to choose for their rosters involves the Calgary Flames hosting the LA Kings at 9PM Eastern Time on NHL Center Ice Package.
The LA Kings are on the outside looking in with just two games remaining. The team sits two points behind Calgary for a playoff spot and trails Winnipeg by three points. With a three period loss the Kings will be eliminated from the playoffs. The Kings have gone deep in the playoffs the last three years with two Stanley Cup wins and one Western conference finals series loss. Hockey is the longest season of the major sports in North America and that three year run may have well took its toll on the players as the team has lacked energy.
The Calgary Flames have won two straight and four of their past five games entering play. The team has been good offensively averaging nearly three goals a game good for fifth best of the 30 NHL teams in the league. A win or overtime loss will clinch a playoff spot for the Flames.
LA Kings Goaltender: Jonathan Quick was a surprise backup in the team’s crucial loss to Edmonton on Tuesday. Head coach Darryl Sutter didn’t want Quick in net in a back to back playing their third game in four nights with tough road tests at Calgary and San Jose to close out the rest of the season. No doubt Quick is in net in this must win for LA. Jonathan Quick has played in 70 games this season and is 35-21 with 13 overtime losses with a goal against average of 2.26. His save percentage of 91.7%. In four games against Calgary he is 1-1 with two losses in overtime and 2.67 goals against average. Quick has played well down the stretch allowing just four goals total over his past three games.
LA Kings Center Icemen: Jeff Carter leads the Kings centers with 28 goals on the season. He has been quiet of late as he is have failed to score a goal in three straight games and four of his past five. He does have three assists in that span. Anze Kopitar has just two points over his past three games.
LA Kings Right Wing: Marian Gaborik had a big game at home to Edmonton last Thursday. Since then he has just one goal and no assists over his past three games. Dustin Williams no points and no assist in three straight games.
LA Kings Left Wing: Dwight Kings has a single point in three of his past four games. Kyle Clifford has seen more ice time since Tanner Pearson went out with an injury. He has not produced a point in three straight games and only one point in four of five. Andy Andreoff has averaged nearly nine minutes a game over his past five contests and has just one assists to show for his efforts.
LA Kings Defensemen: Drew Doughty gets minutes and will provide opportunity for hockey draft managers in One-Day Cash Leagues. In the 4-2 loss to Edmonton Doughty accounted for a goal with an assists. Bad news Doughty was on the ice for the Oilers four goals so Doughty finished with a plus minus of -2 for the game. Jake Muzzin has three points over his past five games with a plus minus of +2 averaging 23 minutes of ice time.
Calgary Flames Goaltender: Jonas Hiller has been in nets for the Flames past five games. He gave up two goals to lowly Arizona on Tuesday in a closer than expected 3-2 victory. On the year Hiller is 15-19 with four overtime losses and a goal against average of 2.39. In three games against the Kings Hiller is 2-1 with a 3.15 goals against average.
Calgary Flames Center Icemen: Sean Monahan has a point in five straight games with a plus minus of +3 in that span averaging 20 minutes of ice time per game. Joe Colborne has just a goal and assist over his past five games averaging 15 minutes of ice time.
Calgary Flames Left Wing: Jiri Hudler leads Calgary with 73 points on the year. He has two goals and five assists over his past five games with a plus minus of +6 in that span.
Calgary Flames Right Wing: David Jones is one to stay away from with a goal and assist over his past five games with a plus minus of -4.
Calgary Flames Defensemen: Dennis Wideman has logged in an average of 27 minutes per game over his past five and has seven points and a plus minus of +4. Mark Giordano has our assists over his past five games with 25 minutes of ice time per game.
NHL Fantasy Mock Draft Manager Picks
C: Jeff Carter (Kings) Sean Monahan (Flames)
RW: Marian Gaborik (Kings)
LW: Dwight King (Kings)
D: Drew Doughty (Kings) Dennis Wideman (Flames)
G: Jonathan Quick