Hawks seek 3-0 series lead on Kings
The Chicago Blackhawks are up 2-0 on the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL's Western Conference final as that series shifts to the Staples Center for Game 3 of the best-of-seven set on Tuesday.
Chicago pushed its series lead to 2-0 on Sunday night with a 4-2 victory as a -163 home favorite on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks. Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell, and Michal Handzus all scored for the Hawks in that victory.
The Kings are 27-16-5 so far on the season. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are 36-7-5. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 19-18-11 and the Blackhawks go 18-26-4 on the totals.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Kings as -130 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 4.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.
This game puts the Kings, most recently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Blackhawks, who rate a No. 1 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles' No. 9-ranked offense (2.8 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.1 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 19.9% rate while the Blackhawks have a 87.2% rate on the penalty kill.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Blackhawks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -163 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Edmonton are 5-5
After playing Los Angeles are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
A few Blackhawks at Kings trends to consider:
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chicago's last 11 games on the road
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles' last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
Chicago at Los Angeles, Thursday, June 6