Matchup: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings
Date/Time: June 4th, 9:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
NHL Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook
Moneyline: Kings -120
The Los Angeles Kings are in a whole heck of a lot of trouble, as they are down 2-0 against the Chicago Blackhawks. This series isn’t over by any stretch of the imagination, but the Kings are going to need to win at least one out of two in order to force this series back to the United Center for Game 5. Game 3 takes place on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
The Blackhawks have become the first team in these playoffs to really get to G Jonathan Quick. The team didn’t rip off all that many shots in Game 2, accounting for just 26 of them, but those shots were clearly of some quality, as four got past Quick just in the first two periods to take control of this series. They were also the first team to run Quick out of a game, as G Jonathan Bernier was forced into action in the third period. The score in fact, was a lot more lopsided than one would have figured, knowing that LA scored a power play goal with just 1:02 left in the game to make the score as close as it was. What is relatively surprising though, is the fact that so many of the goals in Game 2 came from the guys that you wouldn’t have figured them coming from. The defenders have been crucial offensively in these playoffs for Chicago, and D Brent Seabrook had one of the goals, while the others were scored by C Michal Handzus, RW Andrew Shaw, and LW Bryan Bickell.
The Kings have been here before, as they were down 0-2 against the St. Louis Blues coming back to the Staples Center. That being said, they still haven’t lost a game at home this postseason, and if that keeps up, at least this will be a series going back to Chicago by the weekend. However, this is a different feeling series for the defending champs. Quick really struggled in net to pick up the puck in Game 2, and he very well could be feeling the effects of that bad game for the rest of the postseason. On top of that, the key stars offensively just aren’t getting the job done. Of the two goals that were scored, the second was of completely no consequence whatsoever, and the first by C Jeff Carter, though great, came after the first four goals had already been scored. C Anze Kopitar, RW Justin Williams, LW Dustin Penner… all of these men have been absolutely nowhere to be found in this series, and they are the ones that have to turn this around if LA is going to survive.
Like we said before, this series just feels different. The Kings aren’t the better of these two teams for sure, and this is the first time that we have said that in quite some time with them in the playoffs, even when they were the No. 8 seed last year. Chicago is going to get one of these two games on the road, and we wouldn’t be all that surprised if this is the game that it snares.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Los Angeles Kings Game 3 Pick: Chicago Blackhawks +115
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