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Hawks gun for 2-0 lead on the Kings

The Chicago Blackhawks can increase their lead over the Los Angeles Kings to 2-0 on Sunday night as those two teams square off in the second game of the NHL's Western Conference final.

The Hawks went up 1-0 in the best-of-seven set on Saturday with a 2-1 home victory as a -165 favorite on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks. Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa scored for Chicago in that win, and Justin Williams replied for the Kings.

Chicago will face the 27-16-5 Kings. In totals betting, the Blackhawks are 18-26-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Kings are 19-18-11 favoring the OVER.

View Los Angeles vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings:
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 1-ranked Blackhawks and the No. 5-rated Kings in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.2 goals per game, against a Kings defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.5 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 16.7% while the Kings defense kills off 83.2% of their penalties.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Blackhawks on June 1. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at -155 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Edmonton are 5-5
After playing Los Angeles are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Kings at Blackhawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles' last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Los Angeles' last 18 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Los Angeles' last 17 games when playing Chicago
Chicago is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
Chicago is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Los Angeles

Next up:
Los Angeles home to Chicago, Tuesday, June 4