Chicago Blackhawks (46-21-15) at Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8)
|Date & Time||Monday May 26, 2014, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -131 / Chicago Blackhawks +119 --- Over/Under: 5
The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings will meet for game four of the Western Conference finals on Monday night. The Kings lead the series, 2-1.
With a 4-3 loss on Saturday, the Blackhawks have lost back-to-back games in all three playoff series this season. The Blackhawks are getting killed offensively, getting outscored 10-5 in their last two games. Goalie Corey Crawford has allowed three or more goals in seven playoff games, including two of the three games against the Kings. Offensively, Jonathan Toews has scored four goals in his last five games, including two goals in the game three loss. Marian Hossa has four of his 12 playoff assists in his last five games. The Blackhawks are 1-3 in their last four road playoff games and 21-17-7-3 on the road overall.
The Kings improve to 4-3 at home throughout the playoffs and have won four of their last five playoff games overall. The Kings have scored four or more goals in three of their last four playoff games and are 9-3 in their last 12 games when scoring three or more goals. The guy who has really carried the Kings as of late has been Jeff Carter, who has five goals, five assists and 10 points in his last five games. Tyler Toffoli has a goal in all three games against the Blackhawks. Goalie Jonathan Quick has allowed two or less goals in nine of his last 13 games. The Los Angeles Kings are 27-16-3-2 on their home ice.
The Blackhawks are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-19 in their last 26 road games. The Kings are 19-7 in their last 26 games following a win and 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blackhawks are 20-8 in the last 28 meetings.
I really like the way the Kings are playing. They're in their groove offensivley and Quick has been solid in net throughout the playoffs. We're getting the Kings at a decent price, so continue to ride the hot hand.