NHL Picks: Kings vs. Blackhawks Game 5

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 3:06 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 27, 2014 3:06 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Kings have skated circles around the Chicago Blackhawks for three straight games and now the Western Conference final appears to be a formality. Can Blackhawks survive one more game or is this thing a wrap in Game 5?
<p style="text-align:center;"><span><iframe width="560" height="330" src="/video/embed/?videoId=20329" frameborder="0"></iframe></span></p> <p><b>The Los Angeles Kings Can Win Because…</b><br /><span style="font-size:1em;">Their offense is on fire. The Kings are <span><a href="/picks/nhl/nhl-picks-kings-vs-blackhawks-series-price/39640/" target="_blank" title="How has our Series Price for Blackhawks vs. Kings played out?">rolling three dangerous lines in the series</a></span>, and the Blackhawks have no answers. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">The Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown-Marian Gaborik line is uncontrollable right now. Gaborik leads all playoff scorers with 10 goals, while Kopitar leads all playoff scorers with 22 points. Meanwhile, the second line of Jeff Carter-Tanner Pearson-Tyler Toffoli has been unconscious too. They’ve combined for 18 points this round. That leaves the checking line featuring Jarret Stoll, who wins practically every face-off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">This team allowed the fewest goals in the NHL this season. When they’re offense is on like this, </span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="/picks/nhl/struggles-the-road-pick-kings-over-blackhawks/39800/" target="_blank" title="Ross Benjamin adds another winning pick to his record in Game 4">they can’t be stopped</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><b style="font-size:1em;">The Chicago Blackhawks Can Win Because…<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em;">Their backs are against the wall. The Blackhawks were in this position in the first round against the St. Louis Blues, and that brought the best out of them. Now, it’s do or die time for them, again, and they should be able to bring that sense of urgency once more.</span></p> <p>The Blackhawks need to stop giving up power play goals. In five-on-five, they can compete. However, they’ve given up 15 goals in the last three games, and five (six if you count one where the Kings scored as the power play expired) were with the man-advantage. If you cut out empty-netters, the Kings have scored just eight goals at even strength in the last three games.</p> <p>If Chicago plays better on special teams, <span><span> </span></span><span><a href="/picks/nhl/stanley-cup-betting-nhl-odds-favor-chicago-blackhawks/39405/" target="_blank" title="Our early Stanley Cup Futures favored the Blackhawks">they’ll survive</a>.</span> </p> <p><br /><b style="font-size:1em;">Outlook &amp; Pick <br /></b><span style="font-size:1em;">It’s hard to pick a side here with my NHL picks. The Blackhawks looked tapped out. They’re the defending champs and it looks like </span><a href="/picks/nhl/nhl-picks-kings-vs-blackhawks-game-5/39825/" title="Stanley Cup 2014, between Kings &amp; Rangers?!" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;">they don’t have the energy to repeat</a><span style="font-size:1em;">. The Kings have been outworking them for three games now. However, I don’t really want to bet against the Blackhawks at home. They’ve only lost once there this postseason.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">Instead, I’ll bet the 'over.' The </span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="/nhl-hockey/news/nhl-betting-best-over-under-teams-2013-14-a-39578/" target="_blank" title="Kings' defense isn't bad either: they're one of the best 'under' teams">The Kings offense is on fire</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"> while the Blackhawks will need to get to three goals to win. I expect at least five markers in this contest.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><b style="font-size:1em;">Free NHL Pick:</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> 'Over' 5 at the Greek Sportsbook</span></p> <p>[gameodds]7/291766/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p>
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