Chicago Blackhawks (50-23-8) at Los Angeles Kings (38-35-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 8, 2017, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -120 / Chicago Blackhawks +100 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Chicago Blackhawks look to shake off a loss at the Ducks on Thursday as they head into the Staples Center to battle the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
The Blackhawks look to get back in the win column with the regular season drawing near a close and while they can’t move up or down in the standings in the Central division as they have already clinched top spot they would like to head into the playoffs with some confidence. The Hawks are as good a bet as any to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup and with the season they have had and the pedigree they have in place it would come as a surprise to very few to see them win another league title as they are very deep and have a ton of fire power. Corey Crawford is expected to get the start as he will face off with Jonathan Quick who has regained the starter’s role after missing three quarters of the season with an injury.
The Kings meanwhile will not be going to the Western Conference playoffs as their disappointing and often times frustrating season will come to an end on Sunday as they can at very best finish seven points out of the second wild card position. However, the Kings still have a great core that will certainly be back next season and they will be a force to be reckoned with when they are completely healthy, and if they can add another piece or two in free agency they could load up even more and get back to being a perennial contender in the Western Conference playoff picture.
The Hawks are 1-4 in their last five road games and 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games while the Kings are 6-2 in their last eight against the Central and 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games as well. This line makes no sense but we won’t question it as the Hawks should rebound and get a win as they build towards a deep playoff run while the Kings just play out the string.