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NHL Betting Preview: Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks- May 28th, 2014

The Chicago Blackhawks may be down in the Western Conference Finals, but they definitely aren’t out. They are sitting in a 3-1 hole against the strong Los Angeles Kings, after the Kings won on Monday 5-2 to get the series to this point. While the Blackhawks won it all last year, it’s important to note that they were able to come back from being down 3-1 in the second round last season against Detroit. This isn’t unknown territory by any means, but they definitely have some work to do against the talented Kings. Los Angeles on the other side, has shown that they can lose three in a row without question, as they did it six times this season and twice in the playoffs as well. They actually lost the first three against San Jose, but came back to win that series, and also lost in Games 3-5 against Anaheim. If you’re a Kings fan, hold your breath and hope that they close it out as soon as possible. The puck drops tonight at 8:00pm EST.

The Kings have really excelled on the power play against Chicago, as they’ve scored 5 out of 12 attempts in this series. The power play is obviously huge in any series, but it’s made a very big difference in this series specifically. Los Angeles has actually won three in a row after being down 1-0 in this series, and they won this last game by just blitzing the Blackhawks from the word go. The Kings went up 3-0 in the first period, and it just seemed over from there. If their offense keeps up this pace, then they’ll be heading to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Blackhawks on the other side have seen some major struggles defensively, and that includes Corey Crawford. He’s allowed 13 goals with just an .841 save percentage in this series. On top of that though, we’ve seen some big names struggle in the series, including Patrick Kane, who hadn’t registered anything up until this last game when he got an assist in the third period. Patrick Sharp needs to find a way to get some good looks as well, as he scored 34 goals during the regular season, but has managed just a point in the whole series.

Consensus

It’s amazing that the Blackhawks gave up five power play goals in the last three games, but just four in the 13 before that. This has to change tonight for them to have a shot, and I believe it will. Chicago has only lost four straight games one time this season, and I don’t believe it happens on their home floor again tonight. They are favored with odds of -139, and I’m going to lay that with the Blackhawks extending the series back to Los Angeles.

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