Chicago Blackhawks (26-40-11) vs. Los Angeles Kings (41-27-10)
April 21, 2022 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -225 / Chicago Blackhawks +190; Over/Under: +6
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Crypto.com Arena on Thursday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks come into this game on the heels of their 4-3 OT win over the Arizona Coyotes last time out. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 90 points including 25 goals and 65 assists while Seth Jones has 50 points including 45 assists and Alex DeBrincat also has 75 points with a team-high 40 goals this season. Kevin Lankinen is 6-14-6 with a 3.66 GAA and an .889 save percentage in goal for Chicago this season.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks last time out. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 63 points including a team-high 45 assists and 18 goals while Viktor Arvidsson has 47 points with 20 goals and 27 assists and Adrian Kempe’s point total is at 50 with a team-high 34 goals of his own. Phillip Danault has 49 points with 25 goals and 24 assists while Trevor Moore has 46 points with 31 assists. Jonathan Quick’s gone 20-13-9 with a 2.63 GAA and a .909 save percentage this season between the pipes for the Kings while Cal Petersen’s gone 20-14-1 with a 2.90 GAA and an .895 save percentage.
Chicago is 1-7 in their last 8 games played on no rest and 10-43 in their last 53 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference. Los Angeles is 19-7 in their last 26 games as a favorite and 9-4 in their last 13 games as a home favorite while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
I get the reasoning for taking the underdog in certain spots, but no amount of plus money could get me to comfortably take the Blackhawks here, especially on a back-to-back even after a rare win. The Kings are in dire need of a win to maintain distance with the 3rd spot in the Pacific division and I think the Kings grab themselves a regulation win to get this price tag down. Give me the Kings here.