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Kings and Hawks take series to Chicago

The defending-champion Los Angeles Kings face elimination on Saturday night as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Western Conference final at United Center.

Chicago grabbed a commanding 3-1 lead in the series on Thursday night with a 3-2 victory as a +115 road underdog on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks. Marian Hossa had the winner for the Hawks in that game, and Corey Crawford made 19 saves.

The Blackhawks sport records of 36-7-5 heading into this matchup, while the Kings sit at 27-16-5 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 18-26-4 for the Blackhawks and 19-18-11 for the Kings.

View Los Angeles vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Kings listed earlier today as underdogs of +-173 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 4.5, depending on the book.

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. 5 on the same chart.

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.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Kings on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at +115 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
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 4 of Los Angeles' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Los Angeles' last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Los Angeles' last 19 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Chicago is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Chicago is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Los Angeles

Next up:
Los Angeles home to Chicago, Monday, June 10