Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a 3-0 series lead when they travel to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. The Kings are -130 favorites over the Blackhawks with an over/under goal total set at 4.5.
Chicago looks like a hockey club that was given new life after rallying from 3-1 down in the second round against the Detroit Red Wings. The first two games of this series against the Kings we’ve seen the Chicago club that we saw throughout most of the year, outworking their opponents and using their speed to their advantage. Andrew Shaw converted just 1:56 into the opening period on Sunday night to put the Blackhawks in front and they would never look back. Brent Seabrook added his second goal of the post season in the final minute of the period, beating Jonathan Quick with one the Kings goalie would like to have back. Chicago then came up with two more goals as Bryan Bickell tallied one on the power play and Michal Handzus added a goal just over two minutes later. Los Angeles would get a late goal from Jeff Carter to make it 4-1 heading into the third, but they didn’t manage to get any closer until the final minute when Tyler Toffoli scored a meaningless goal. Chicago has been proving just how valuable depth is in order to win the Stanley Cup Finals in this day and age. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have just three goals between the two of them and 17 total points, but the Blackhawks are in great position to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Bickell is setting himself up for a nice payday in the summer, Patrick Sharp has been incredible throughout the post season, and you always have to know where Marian Hossa is on the ice. It’s a very difficult task to shut down the Blackhawks because of how many different players can hurt you. The Kings benefitted from this on their run to their first championship in franchise history last season, but through the first two games of this series they’ve been outplayed significantly. Quick was pulled after allowing four goals on just 17 shots through the first period and a half of the hockey game. Corey Crawford made 29 saves to record the victory.
This is a tough game to pick because it’s desperation time for Los Angeles but they’ve been outplayed for much of the first two games. The Kings are going to need Quick to find his game in a hurry otherwise this series is going to be much shorter than many people expected.
Los Angeles Kings -130 Chicago Blackhawks