LA Kings finally lost their first home game these playoffs and they are in danger of being eliminated in the conference final. Chicago can’t afford to allow their opponents back in the race, because if the series shifts back to Los Angeles, the Kings could very likely begin a brand-new winning streak.
Odds: Unibet 1.92
The Blackhawks were relentless in Game 4 and despite missing Keith Duncan, one of their vital defenseman, they got back in the game time after time. The hosts took an early lead and then broke free again after the visitors scored a goal of their own, but in the end Chicago prevailed in regulation time. The Kings haven’t won a game away from home in more than two weeks and they seem incapable of taking the initiative when they don’t have the support of their fans.
Chicago outshot the hosts at Staples Center and Corey Crawford was precise enough in the net to make the three goals scored by the visitors sufficient for a 60 minutes victory. Now the Blackhawks don’t have any injured or suspended players and Patrick Kane appears to be back in form, which should boost their offensive. The first period will be critical for the Kings as they need to prevent the hosts from taking an early lead, but the pressure could hamper their offense and lead to many penalty minutes.
With the Bruins securing a place in the final, Chicago needs to end the series tonight so that they have enough days to rest ahead of the decisive push for the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks have what it takes to prevail and even odds for a regulation time victory with Unibet makes it worth backing them at full stakes.