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Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 3/30/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings
Date & Time Saturday March 30, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
Chicago Blackhawks -110 / Los Angeles Kings -110 -- O/U: 6
TV Channel
NBCS-Chicago, FS-West
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Staples Center on Saturday night.

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to build on a 5-4 win over the San Jose Sharks in their last outing. Alex DeBrincat and Connor Murphy staked Chicago an early 2-0 lead by scoring 2:09 apart before Jonathan Toews made it 3-0 just after the midway point of the opening period. San Jose responded just a minute later, giving us a 3-1 game after 20 minutes of play. San Jose cut the deficit to 3-2, before DeBrincat scored his 2nd of the game to restore the two-goal cushion. San Jose would tie the game but Chris Kunitz would help Chicago retake the lead for good as Chicago would hold onto the lead through the 3rd period on the way to the victory. Corey Crawford got the win to improve to 13-18-3 after stopping 26 of 30 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Los Angeles Kings will look to bounce back after falling to Vancouver by a final score of 3-2 in a shootout in their last outing. Austin Wagner gave the Kings the lead after the first with the lone goal of the opening frame. L.A. would hold that lead for most of the 2nd before Vancouver tied the game and took the lead in a span of :56, giving the Canucks the lead after 40 minutes of play. Adrian Kempe would tie the game at two just after the midway point of the period and the rest of the 3rd couldn’t find a winner. Overtime solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout, where Los Angeles missed all four of their attempts before Vancouver found a winner in sudden death in the 4th round. Jonathan Quick took the loss, falling to 15-22-7 after allowing a pair of goals on 38 shots faced in the losing effort.

Chicago is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams overall.

Here, you have two teams just playing out the string as both have been out of the playoff race for a little bit now, and while every win hurts Los Angeles’ draft prospects, you may be inclined to take the Kings with how much success they’ve had in this matchup. However, I can’t bring myself to put my hard-earned money on the Kings and I can’t go with Chicago given how much the Hawks have struggled in this matchup. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. Chicago comes in tired after going through a shootout against San Jose and Los Angeles simply has had issues finding the net overall for the most part lately. I think this one stays well under the total on Saturday night.

Under 6

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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