For some odd reason, LA Kings didn’t lose a home game in more than two months and they place all their hopes on home ice advantage in this series. Chicago is two games up and if they succeed in winning at least once at Staples Center they will make it impossible for the reigning champions to defend the Stanley Cup.
Match: LA Kings vs Chicago
Bet: LA Kings
Odds: Unibet 2.40
Chicago scored six goals at home while conceding only three, but the Kings proved to be a resilient foe always ready to fight back. In the opening game, the Blackhawks outscored the visitors in the first period, yet it was LA Kings who scored the opening goal. Two nights later, the visitors recovered from a 4-0 handicap, but their own goals were simply too few to push the game into overtime. Tonight they will have home ice advantage and no reason to wait for the regulation time to end before making a move.
Throughout the regular season the two teams split points, with the home team winning most of the games. Despite losing Game 2, the Kings showed signs of improvement as they’ve decreased the number of penalty minutes while increasing the frequency of shots sent towards Corey Crawford’s net. One question that needs to be answered before the kickoff is whether Jonathan Quick will be given another chance or if he will be replaced from the first minute by Jonathan Bernier.
The Los Angeles Kings are playing everything on one card right now, as they are in dire need of a victory in order to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive. So far they gave punters no reason to doubt them, and until they suffer the first defeat at Staples Center it’s worth taking Unibet’s odds of 2.44 regulation time victory.