Los Angeles Kings (5-11-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (7-8-4)
|Date & Time||Friday November 16, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -150 / Los Angeles Kings +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Los Angeles Kings look to snap out of a four game road losing streak as they head into the United Center to face off with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.
The Kings have had a dismal start to the season and will look to turn things around as they head into Chicago to battle a Blackhawks side who started the season strong but has since cooled off a bit. Los Angeles has had success against the Hawks as they are 4-1 in their last 5 meetings but most of those have come at the Staples Center as Chicago has dominated the series in the Windy City with a 17-8 mark in the last 25 show downs at the United Center. The Kings need to find a way to get their offense rolling as they have been among the worst in the NHL when it comes to scoring goals and against a Hawks side who has been quite the opposite this one could get out of control in a hurry if they are unable to solve Corey Crawford.
The Hawks meanwhile have struggled to follow up one strong effort with another and have been very inconsistent this season as they are a woeful 2-8 in their last 10 contests after giving up two or fewer goals in their previous outing. Chicago is led by the familiar duo of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and while the supporting cast is not quite what it used to be thanks to the salary cap they are still a team capable of getting to the playoffs and going on a run. Chicago has gone Over in 5 of their last 7 games following a win while the Kings have hit the Over in 5 of their last 6 when their opponent scores two or fewer in their previous outing.
The Kings are 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games and winless in their last 5 against the Central while Chicago is 16-35 in their last 51 overall and 6-20 in their last 26 against the Pacific. The Kings need to find a way out of this rut soon and while they have not been great in Chicago they pose a threat as a juicy road dog here and are worthy of a play.