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NHL Betting Preview: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings- May 26th, 2014

The Chicago Blackhawks nearly stole one in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. They were up 2-1 after the first period, but the Los Angeles Kings were able to storm back and score two goals in the second period and grab a lead. They scored one more in the third period to go up 4-2, and even though the Blackhawks were able to pull back within one, it just wasn’t enough to get the job done. The series is now 2-1 in favor of the Kings, and they have a chance to take a commanding lead on this series on their home floor on Monday night. It won’t be easy, but the opportunity is there. The puck drops at 9:00pm EST on Monday.

For the Blackhawks, they got two goals from Jonathan Toews in the first period alone, but the team just couldn’t push past this motivated Kings’ team. Even with four power play opportunities for the Blackhawks, they couldn’t capitalize on any of them, although they did get a shorthanded goal from Toews. The Blackhawks had 27 shots on goal, but that was less than the Kings were able to get, and while neither goalie was just exceptional here, we saw the offenses get the job done, and the Kings just doing a bit more.

For the Kings, they had three power play opportunities and managed to net one goal from them. This goal ended up being the difference in the score, and tacking on the fact that they had five additional shots also ended up making a difference. Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists for the Kings, and he really was a difference maker for this team. He’ll look to lead them in Game 4 as well on their home floor, and it should make for an excellent game to watch.

Consensus

While I’d love to say that the Blackhawks are going to be able to even up this series and get back to Chicago tied up at 2-2, I don’t see it happening. The Kings were a strong 29-18-0-4 during the regular season at home, while the Blackhawks were incredible at home, but went 21-17-7-3 away from home. Those numbers aren’t mind-blowing or anything, but the Kings are in front of their home fans in one of the biggest games of their season, and this could set them up incredibly to win this series and get to the Stanley Cup. It’ll be close, but I’m taking the Kings with the betting odds of -130 to win this game and go up 3-1.

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