Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings - 5/28/14
Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (46-21-15)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -136 / Los Angeles Kings +124 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks look to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive with a must win on home ice on Wednesday night as they host the Kings for game five.
The Los Angeles Kings are a win away from advancing to their second Stanley Cup Finals in three seasons after taking three straight games against the defending Champs from Chicago in what is now a do or die situation for the home side. Many people consider the Kings lucky to be in this position after they found themselves down 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks in the opening round but after ripping off four straight wins there and taking out the Anaheim Ducks in seven the Kings have all the momentum heading into the United Center on Wednesday night. The Kings were a legitimate Cup threat heading into the playoffs despite sitting in the sixth seed in the Western Conference as they have the make up of a championship squad and while it took some time to develop they are showing why they are one of the best in the game as they are having their way with another league powerhouse in Chicago. Jonathan Quick has been solid as expected but it is the Kings offense that has been the difference in these playoffs as they are the highest scoring unit remaining and if they can get at Corey Crawford tonight they could very well book their ticket to the Cup finals.
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The Blackhawks face a must win for the first time in these playoffs after making quick work of both the Blues and Wild in the first two rounds and if they’re going to defend their Cup title they’ll need to take three straight off the Kings. Chicago was considered a threat to not only get back to the Cup finals this season but a serious contender to repeat as Champions heading into the postseason and through the first two rounds they played the part by taking down two up and coming teams that were no pushovers by any means. However, they have encountered a battle tested Kings team that has upended two of the game’s best teams in dire circumstances in their first two encounters and to me that has made the difference for LA thus far and is a huge reason why they hold a 3-1 edge heading into Wednesday night’s game five. The Hawks have been brilliant at home in the postseason despite dropping game two in this series at the United Center and with their season on the line I fully expect a high sense of urgency from the Hawks. Patrick Kane has been ridiculously quiet of late and I think as he is known to do he will break out on the big stage and keep his team’s hopes alive for one more night.