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NHL Odds Preview: Kings vs. Hawks

The Los Angeles Kings have already lost twice to the Chicago Blackhawks this season as those Western Conference clubs hit the ice together again in NHL betting action on Monday night.

Los Angeles is just 3-7 over its past 10 games against Chicago dating back to 2010, losing 3-2 as a road underdog when the teams last met on February 17. The OVER/UNDER has gone 2-6-2 for totals bettors in the last 10 Kings vs. Blackhawks betting matchups.

The Blackhawks currently sports a record of 24-3-3. The Kings are 17-12-2. Betting totals have seen the Blackhawks post a 12-17-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Kings have gone 13-12-6 against the number.

View Los Angeles vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-147 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Blackhawks sit at No. 1 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Kings sit at a No. 7 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 2-ranked offense (3.4 goals per game) against a Kings defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 19.2% rate while the Kings have a 81.7% rate on the penalty kill.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Canucks on March 23. Bettors who backed the Canucks at +138 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Chicago was a 4-2 loser on the road against the Ducks. Bettors on Anaheim at -114 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

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

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Anaheim are 9-1
After a loss are 6-4

A few Kings at Blackhawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles' last 8 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Los Angeles' last 15 games when playing Chicago
Los Angeles is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Chicago is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games
Chicago is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
Chicago is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Los Angeles

Next up:
Los Angeles at St. Louis, Thursday, March 28
Chicago home to Calgary, Tuesday, March 26