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10:05 PM EST. The Kings stock is up after a quick 2-0 start but this 2-0 start is not like New Jersey’s for instance. L.A. beat Philadelphia 2-0 to open their season but they were the second best team on the ice for most of that game. They had a much better performance against the Sharks in their second game but the Sharks are 0-2 and starting to look older and slower. The real story of L.A.’s first two wins has been the play of Jonathan Quick and his league leading .983 save percentage. Any goaltender can get hot for a few games but Quick will come crashing down to earth real soon or just go back to being the ordinary goaltender he’s always been, save for one full season. Truth be told, L.A. didn’t get any better this season and while they have a good work ethic and some upper-tier talent, every team has upper tier talent these days. Los Angeles is a fringe playoff team at best and will be worth fading when they’re favored at home like they are here.
After a 3-0 opening night loss in Edmonton, the Flames have responded with back-to-back wins over Winnipeg and Anaheim while outscoring that pair 8-3. After failing to solve their persistent issues in goal with Brian Elliott last season, the Flames brought in Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes and in just three games, Smith has brought stability to the position. One cannot overstate the importance or positive impact that has on the entire team. The Flames also bolstered their defensive core this summer by adding Travis Hamonic in a trade with the New York Islanders. It’s a deal that will ensure that the Flames have a pairing that will rival the No. 1 option of most teams on the ice in just about every high-leverage situation. Calgary also has far more talent up front than the Kings also, as they bring an imposing and balanced three-line attack. Calgary beat L.A. three out of five times last year but this year the Flames have the confidence that comes with playing in front of a reliable goalie. Calgary is the better team taking back a price here.
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Calgary +127 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.54)