Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (46-21-15)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 18, 2014, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -140 / Los Angeles Kings +127 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks will meet up for game one of the Western Conference finals on Sunday afternoon. The Blackhawks swept the season series, 3-0.
The Kings got rid of the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks to get to this point in the playoffs. The Kings scored three or less goals in the first six games against the Ducks before pulling out all of the stops in game seven, scoring six goals in an effortless win. Marian Gaborik now leads the Kings with nine goals in the playoffs, including three goals and three assists in his last five games. Defensively, goalie Jonathan Quick has allowed two or less goals in eight of his last 10 games. The Los Angeles Kings are 28-17-0-4 on the road this season.
The Blackhawks eliminated the St. Louis Blue and Minnesota Wild, and haven’t played a game since Tuesday. Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook lead the Blackhawks with 11 points apiece, but Patrick Kane isn’t too far behind with 10 points and a team-leading six goals in 12 playoff games. Defensively, goalie Corey Crawford has allowed two or less goals in six of his last eight games. The Blackhawks have won 12 straight games when allowing three or less goals. The Chicago Blackhawks are also 33-7-2-5 on their home ice.
The Kings are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 19-7 in their last 26 games following a win. The Blackhawks are 8-1 in their last 9 Conference Finals games and 49-17 in their last 66 home games. The Kings are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings against the Blackhawks and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.
The juice is actually surprisingly low for a home team that hasn’t played in almost a week. The Kings are fresh off a seven-game series and will likely have dead legs in this matchup. You have to like the Blackhawks in this spot for the decent price.