Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 11/26/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (14-6-2) at Los Angeles Kings (11-9-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSWHD
The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday night in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for back-to-back victories after splitting their last eight games. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Marian Hossa leads Chicago with 11 goals, Artem Anisimov has 11 assists and Artemi Panarin has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 68.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 39 goals on 506 shots faced and Scott Darling has allowed 13 goals on 135 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
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The Los Angeles Kings look to keep the puck rolling and build on their four-game winning streak. The Kings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 12.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Carter leads Los Angeles with nine goals, Tanner Pearson has four assists and Tyler Toffoli has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Peter Budaj has given up 37 goals on 438 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has allowed 10 goals on 80 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have won 11 straight games when scoring three or more goals.
The Blackhawks are 43-20 in their last 63 games playing on 0 days rest and 16-5 in their last 21 Saturday games. The Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Central. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 8-1-4 in the last 13 meetings.
The home team has controlled this series since 2015 and it's the Kings who have won two of the last three meetings overall. Also, Los Angeles has an advantage over Chicago given the rest factor, as the Blackhawks had a very tough game against the Ducks on Friday. Add the Kings solid winning streak that came out of nowhere, and you have to like the home team to get another W here.