Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (46-21-15)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 21, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -145 / Los Angeles Kings +132 --- Over/Under: 5
The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice Wednesday for game two of the Western Conference finals.
The Kings looked tired in their 3-1 game one loss on Sunday, as they allowed one goal in each period and were simply outplayed in nearly every department. The Kings are now 1-6 in the playoffs when allowing three or more goals. The good news for the Kings is that Jonathan Quick has been a reliable goalie, allowing two or less goals in eight of his last 11 starts. Offensively, the Kings are getting great production from Anze Kopitar, who leads the team with 19 points and 14 assists, while Marian Gaborik has nine goals and 45 shots on goal. The Los Angeles Kings are 28-18-0-4 on the road this season.
With the game one win, the Blackhawks have won three straight playoff games and are 6-2 when scoring three or more goals. However, the Blackhawks really haven’t needed to score that many goals often, as Corey Crawford has allowed two or less goals in seven of his last nine starts. Offensively, the Blackhawks have been fabulous with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell all chipping in six playoff goals. Marian Hossa leads the Blackhawks with 11 assists. The Blackhawks have yet to lose a home playoff game and are 34-7-2-5 at home this season.
The Kings are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Finals games. The Blackhawks are 9-1 in their last 10 Conference Finals games and 50-17 in their last 67 home games. The Kings are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Chicago and 6-20 in the last 26 meetings overall.
I like the value we're getting with the Kings in this matchup. They've had a couple of days to rest and prepare for a better showing and have more than enough firepower to steal a game on the road.