Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 5 Moneyline Pick
The Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks resume their best-of-seven battle in this year's Western Conference Finals this Wednesday night at the United Center with the Kings holding a commanding 3-1 series lead. This Game 5 clash is set to get underway at 8 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN.
Moneyline: Los Angeles +124 Chicago -136
Over/Under Line: 5
The Kings needed four-straight victories to get past San Jose in the opening round of these Stanley Cup Playoffs after going down 3-0 and they had to win the final two games of their Conference Semifinals matchup against Anaheim to advance to this round. After a 3-1 loss in this series' opener as a 145 road underdog, Los Angeles has now reeled off three straight victories to put them one win away from a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. With this past Monday's 5-2 victory as a 125 home favorite in Game 4, the total has gone OVER in four of their last five games.
Monday night's lopsided win was the complete package for the Kings. They jumped-out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. Marian Gaborik gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the first with his 10th goal of these playoffs and Anze Kopitar added two more assists to bring his team-high total to 17. Jonathan Quick held-up his end of the bargain in goal by stopping 24 of the 26 shots he faced. He has now allowed an average of just 2.2 goals in his last six games.
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Chicago has struggled to win on the road this entire postseason with 2-6 record in eight games away from the United Center. Conversely, it has gone 7-1 in eight playoff games at home. While the Blackhawks will have to win at least one more road game to keep their chances of repeating alive, they remain in excellent position to force a Game 6 despite an embarrassing 6-2 loss as 150 favorites the last time these two met in Chicago in Game 2. The total has gone OVER in the last three games of this series.
The key to keeping this series alive will be a fast start by a Chicago offense that features sharpshooters like Jonathan Toews (8 goals and 6 assists) and Patrick Kane (6 goals and 5 assists). Marian Hossa leads the team in points in the postseason with two goals and 12 assists. The other key to winning this Wednesday night will be the play of Corey Crawford in goal. He has been unbelievable at times during these playoffs, but his confidence has to be shaken after allowing a total of 13 goals in his last three games.
The Kings are 6-2 in their last eight road games and 20-6 in their last 26 games following a win. The total has gone OVER in three of their last five games following a win.
The Blackhawks are 9-4 in their last 13 games in a Conference Finals series and 7-2 in their last nine games playing on one day's rest. The total has gone OVER in 12 of their last 20 conference games.
The home team in this matchup has gone 9-3 in the last 12 meetings and the total has gone OVER in four of the last five games. Los Angeles is just 1-6 in its last seven trips to Chicago.
Game 5 Moneyline Pick
The Kings will go on to win this series but it will be on their home ice in Game 6. Chicago puts up one last fight on its home ice in what turns out to be a very entertaining game.