Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings - 2/19/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (31-22-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (25-26-8)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +101 / Los Angeles Kings -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks look to build on their massive home ice win over the Washington Capitals as they host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.
The Kings look to continue their ascent up the Western Conference standings as they head into Chicago to take on a Blackhawks side who is having a tough season but is coming off their biggest win of the year against the Caps on Saturday. Los Angeles comes into tonight’s game with a very disappointing 2-12 mark in their last 14 Monday games but they have one thing to look forward to as they have waxed the Blackhawks in this series lately and with a 5-1 stretch against the Hawks in their last six show downs this looks to be another great chance for the Kings to get a win. Los Angeles is expected to send Jonathan Quick to the crease here as he will face off against Anton Forsberg who continues to log serious minutes as the interim starter for the Hawks.
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The Blackhawks come into tonight’s game with a dismal 1-8 mark in their last nine games and have dropped seven of their last eight on home ice which doesn’t bode well for their chances of making a late season push to the playoffs as they currently sit 11 points back of the Wild for the final playoff spot. Chicago still has some of the game’s best players and a select group of young prospects led by Alex DeBrincat but this doesn’t appear to be their season and with guys like Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook struggling on the back end and Jonathan Toews having a quiet season up top it makes sense to see this group struggling.
The Kings are 5-2 in their last seven against the Central and are 4-1 in their last five against the West while the Hawks are 1-10 in their last 11 Monday games and are 1-6 in their last seven against the Kings. Chicago is coming off a huge win but they get back to reality here as the Kings outmatch them here at a nice price.