The LA Kings get another chance to make the Stanley Cup final tonight, Friday May 30th, against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the best of seven series. The Blackhawks won 5-4 in an extra-time thriller in Game 5 and cut their series deficit to 2-3. But, Chicago has struggled away from home winning just two of its eight road games this postseason. With the action at the Staple Center, oddsmakers at Carbonsports have the home ice Kings as -130 moneyline favorites over the Blackhawks (+120) with the total listed at 5 goals. The Kings spent much of the past month avoiding playoff elimination, already winning six games with their season in the balance. Take a look at the Chicago vs LA preview and be sure to check out NHL Playoff Lines and all other sports odds.
The Blackhawks (10-7, 2-6 V) produced a three-goal first period and a third-period tying goal before Michal Handzus’ overtime winner capped one of the most entertaining NHL post-season games in recent history.
The road has been tough on the Blackhawks, who are just 2-6 away from home in the post-season. Chicago was outscored 9-5 and beaten convincingly twice at Staples Center in this series, showing little of the offensive potency that got them to this point. Chicago has scored just one power-play goal on the road in 24 opportunities during the postseason.
Coach Joel Quenneville made another round of lineup adjustments to spark his team, and the Blackhawks had immediate success teaming Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw on a new line for Game 5. Kane, a ghost for much of the series, contributed four assists. The trio combined for nine points (one goal, eight assists). “I thought Saad and Shaw were effective (in Game 4) – Kane can add to the mix,” Quenneville said. “They had a good couple of periods there, generated some zone time and chances and scored a nice goal.”
“We have our backs against the wall here and face elimination, but we’re staying relaxed,” said Saad, who had three points. “We’ve been through it before, and it definitely helps. We’ve had success on the road before, and L.A. is definitely tough, but we’re not going to let that end the season. We can’t make any excuses whether we’re playing at home or away.”
The Kings (11-8, 5-3 H) Anze Kopitar recorded his league-leading 23rd point by notching an assist on Marian Gaborik’s NHL-best 11th goal during the first period. Jeff Carter notched an assist on Pearson’s goal midway through the second period on Wednesday. Both players are riding six-game point streaks.
“We know we can’t let it go to a Game 7,” Doughty said Thursday. “No matter what, this game has to be ours. It’s so important for us to advance to the Stanley Cup Final that we win this game. If we give them this game, they’re going to have so much more life, and they’re going to be a different team. We need to take that and deal with it.”
Recent Betting Trends to Consider:
Over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles.
Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Blackhawks are 21-9 in the last 30 meetings.
Blackhawks are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
Kings are 1-5 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Chicago at Los Angeles
When: Friday May 30@9:00 PM ET
Pick: Kings -130
The Bottom Line: the Blackhawks struggle on the road, while the Kings excel at home. The Kings are facing the Rangers in the Cup Final. We recommend you sign up with Carbonsports to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the Chicago vs LA matchup.