Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 3/3/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (27-29-8) at Los Angeles Kings (36-24-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -170 / Chicago Blackhawks +153 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, FSWHD
The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks could use a win here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 23 goals, Duncan Keith has 26 assists and Jonathan Toews has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 65 goals on 712 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
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The Los Angeles Kings look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 27 goals, Drew Doughty has 36 assists and Dustin Brown has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 116 goals on 1,491 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed one goal on 42 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Blackhawks are 0-7 in their last 7 road games, 1-6 in their last 7 Saturday games and 3-11 in their last 14 overall. The Kings are 5-2 in their last 7 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Blackhawks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles, 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
The Los Angeles Kings are playing their best hockey of the season right now and it seems like back to back wins over Vegas could have been a turning point in their season. The Chicago Blackhawks are a team that seems to be counting the days until the offseason, as the losses are piling up and things don't seem to be turning around anytime soon. Price isn't cheap, but you have to back the Kings over the slumping Blackhawks.