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Flames, Avalanche to take care of business at home

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We split our sides and totals on Monday. The Senators were sunk by horrendous goaltending - Anton Forsberg allowed four goals on 10 shots - but the under of 6.5 cashed in Edmonton.

Let's look at a couple of sides that pop off the page on Tuesday as we aim for a mini-sweep.

Kings (+100) @ Flames (-120)

The Kings are playing well of late but are in a tough spot on Tuesday night.

Already without key players like Viktor Arvidsson and Mikey Anderson, they lost star winger Adrian Kempe in Monday night's game.

Thus, the team will likely to without two of their best offensive players, as well as a stabilizing defender in Anderson, while playing in the latter half of a road back-to-back situation. That's less than ideal.

Making matters worse, it'll be Cam Talbot between the pipes. His last couple of games were better, but his play this calendar year leaves a lot to be desired.

He is conceding 4.18 goals above expected, the fourth-worst output among all goaltenders with double-digit starts in 2024.

For perspective, Jacob Markstrom has saved 15.75 goals above expected over the same period. He should continue to excel against a fatigued Kings team missing weaponry.

The Flames are more than capable of giving the Kings a run for their money. They just beat the Jets, Bruins, and Oilers and continue to chug along despite all the trade rumors surrounding key players on the team.

Look for the Flames to extend their winning streak to four against the Kings.

Bet: Flames (-120)

Stars (+115) @ Avalanche (-135)

The Avalanche have cooled off recently, dropping two in a row and seven of the past 10 overall.

But I don't think they're playing as poorly as the results indicate. The Avs are generating quality chances at an efficient clip and rank sixth in high-danger chances per 60 minutes of five-on-five play.

They are, however, struggling to score. Only four teams are finding the back of the net at five-on-five at a lower rate.

The Avalanche aren't a super deep team, but they have as much firepower as anybody in the NHL. It's only a matter of time before they start to convert on the many chances they're creating.

I expect that to begin against the Stars. The Avalanche torched them in recent head-to-head meetings, scoring 19 goals over four games in the past 11 months.

It's also worth noting Jake Oettinger has not been his usual self this season. He owns a very mediocre .903 save percentage and has given up nearly three goals per game while playing behind an excellent lineup.

Playing behind a tired team at altitude, Oettinger is likely to be tested early and often in this one.

I think the Avalanche will break through offensively en route to a much-needed win over direct competition for a Central Division title.

Bet: Avalanche (-135)

Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on X at @ToddCordell.

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