The Blackhawks missed out on a great opportunity to take a decisive lead and lost the home ice advantage in the process. They desperately need a victory in one of the next two games and in order to secure these points, they need to bolster their defenses. LA Kings started both games slowly, but recuperated the deficit in the second match by scoring six unanswered goals.
Bet: Chicago Moneyline
Odds: Winner Sports 2.10
Chicago has a formidable offensive lineup but they didn’t make the most of it in game second, instead assumed that the Kings will simply succumb to pressure. After a dominant first period, the Blackhawks took the foot off gas, but this time the visitors took advantage. It is a scenario that can’t repeat tonight and the fact that the game is played at Staples Center won’t make a difference.
The Kings won most of the games at home during the regular season, but the playoffs were much different and home ice advantage less significant. The fact that they got 5 different players scoring a goal in the second match of the series is uplifting, but it would be a mistake to dwell on this success. This was Chicago’s worst offensive game so far, with the hosts sending just 25 shot towards Quick’s net.
Kane, Toews and Sharp were non-existent in the second half of the match, but if they wake up from the slumber, Chicago will look much different. So far the games have been decided by two goals or more, but the next fixtures could turn into much tighter affairs. Punters should side with the visitors tonight and back Chicago to win at even odds with Winner Sports, while taking the moneyline option.