Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (46-21-15)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 28, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -136 / Los Angeles Kings +124 --- Over/Under: 5
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to avoid elimination on Wednesday night when they host the Los Angeles Kings in game five of the Western Conference finals.
The Kings won their third straight game in this playoff series on Monday and continue to lay it on the Blackhawks offensively. In those three wins, the Kings have outscored the Blackhawks 15-7 and are 10-3 in the playoffs when scoring three or more goals. Of course, while the Kings offense is getting a lot of the attention, it’s goalie Jonathan Quick who has allowed two or less goals in five of his last eight starts. Jeff Carter is really making his presence felt in this series, racking up four goals and five assists in the first four games. The Los Angeles Kings are 29-18-0-4 on the road this season.
The Blackhawks have come back from deficits before, but they have to figure out how to stop the Kings offensive production. The Blackhawks are 1-7 in the playoffs when allowing three or more goals and goalie Corey Crawford has allowed four or more goals in four of his last seven starts. Patrick Kane has been much of a no show offensively in this series, getting his first point in Monday’s loss, as he has zero goals and one assist in the first four games. The good news for the Blackhawks is that they’re 34-8-2-5 on their home ice.
The Kings are 6-2 in their last 8 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blackhawks are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 50-18 in their last 68 home games. The Kings are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago, while the home team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
The Blackhawks are the defending champs and are playing on their home ice; they're not going to go down quietly. The price is pretty cheap, which is why I'm going with the Blackhawks to extend this series at least for one more game.