NHL Pick: Kings vs. Blackhawks Game 2
Date/Time: June 2nd, 8:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
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After coming from behind in Game 1 of this series, the Chicago Blackhawks will be back for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, hoping to take a quick 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings.
This is nothing new for the Kings, especially in this postseason. They fell behind the St. Louis Blues not just 1-0, but 2-0 before storming back and winning the final four games. They still have only won one road game in these playoffs, and that has to be a bit concerning, especially knowing that at least one of these games somewhere down the road at the United Center is going to have to be won to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals. Not surprisingly, the Kings didn’t have all that many chances in this game to try to get goals. They did the job in the first period when RW Justin Williams was able to put the biscuit in the basket off of a turnover, but the team only managed 22 shots for the entire night. There was too much sustained pressure on G Jonathan Quick, and though Quick played well, the offense didn’t give him enough help to pick up the ‘W’.
There isn’t such a thing as “the way” that the Blackhawks win games. We know that the Kings are going to have to ultimately win games by 2-1 and 1-0 score lines if they are going to win this series, but the Blackhawks are able to win any way that the game is presented to them. Chicago has a great club, and it was great to see G Corey Crawford come up with another good game in net in Game 1 of this series. Crawford remains anything but perfect, but stopping 21-of-22 shots is a heck of an accomplishment. We called for the big boys to come up with a big time performance in Game 1, and that’s exactly what both LW Patrick Sharp and RW Marian Hossa did. They scored goals just four minutes apart from one another, and that’s how Chicago ultimately prevailed.
Still, we really think that the Kings are the team to back from a percentage standpoint in this series. The fact of the matter is that LA was outshot 17-2 in the first period, and it was still able to lead the game 1-0 at the end of the stanza. The Kings were every bit as good as the Blackhawks were on this night, and we think that the short turnaround will promote the idea of the underdogs at least having a 50/50 chance to get back in this series.
Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks Game 2 Pick: Los Angeles Kings