Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings
NHL Betting Pick: Los Angeles -130 odds (May 30th 2014)
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Take #24 Los Angeles (-130) over Chicago Blackhawks (6:00 p.m. PDT Friday, May 30)
After staving off elimination in Game, the Chicago Blackhawks will again look to extend its season with a victory over the Los Angeles tonight at Staples Center.
Don’t tell the Kings about comebacks and elimination games. This is the first series in which they’ve held a lead this far into the proceedings. After jumping out to a 3-1 lead, as Michal Handzus burned his former team by scoring 2:04 into the second extra period. Chicago still hasn’t lost four straight this season and are hoping they can finish the Western Conference Finals.
The Blackhawks needed to bottle up some of that momentum they accrued from Wednesday’s dramatic victory. The problem is that Chicago has struggled away from the United Center going 2-6 in their last eight postseason road games.
I had this series pegged as a tight, taught defensive struggle (insert the laugh track here) The Blackhawks and Kings are putting on an offensive clinic with the last four games soaring above total of 5. The two teams lit up the lamp for eight goals in Game 2, seven in Games 3 and 4 and nine in Game 5.
At times the Western Conference Finals have shown a resemblance to NHL all-star game where neither side plays defense.
Who knew the Kings would become a scoring machine. Marion Gaborik has 11 goals and seven assists through 19 games while Anje Kopitar recorded his league-leading 23rd point by picking up an assist on Gaborik’s first period on Wednesday.
Early on in this series, I thought the team with the better goaltender would win. It obviously hasn’t turned out that way and instead it’s been like a video game. The Blackhawks obviously didn’t get the memo that the Kings were the top defensive team in the regular season.
Based solely on home ice advantage, and a fervent desire not to return to Chicago for Game 7, I think the LA skaters will find a way to win tonight.