NHL Picks: Kings vs. Blackhawks

Mike Richardson

Sunday, February 17, 2013 1:50 PM GMT

Sunday sees the mighty, mighty Chicago Blackhawks try and add to one of the longest (season-opening) point streaks when they go up against the LA Kings, at the United Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks opened their season, and this run when they took down the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on January 19th. A repeat of that score is offered up at +4000. It’s big fat odds and worth at least a loose change bet, you also might want to know that the game going over 6.5 goals at +260, while under is at -333.

Are the Hawks that good?

The Blackhawks are third in the NHL in scoring at 3.4 goals per game, and second in defence allowing just 1.9 goals per contest and their 92.2 penalty killing percentage is second in the NHL. Up in the front, Chicago Captain Jonathan Toews, has four goals and three assists in his last five matchups with the Kings.

Chicago are sitting on 14 straight point games and are just two games away from tying the Anaheim Ducks 2006-07, for most consecutive games with a point (to start a season) and can tie the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers with (15 games with a point) on Sunday against the Hawks. The Hawks are -135 to win this game while the Kings are +114 with bet365.

Don’t forget

They Hawks remain the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss,

Sunday means the Kings will be attempting to be the first team to defeat the Hawks in regulation, however they will be on the road, and the home crowd will be well behind their side.

The Kings will be well used to playing away as they played eight of their first 12 games on the road, and this game will make nine of 13 contests played away. It’s well worth mentioning that the Kings are 3-5 in those eight away games.

Seeing how they compare in the last ten, it’s Los Angeles 5-3-2 to Chicago 7-0-3. It’s also worth mentioning that Chicago are +275 to win the Western Conference on the NHL odds boards.  The Kings by comparison, are +1200.

It’s also worth a mention that the Hawks are +550 with some bookies to win the Stanley Cup while the Kings run as high as +2500.

The LA Kings have had jagged start to their delayed NHL season, but will be seeking out a third consecutive win when they visit Chicago. They may have allowed 15 goals in their first four games but they have given up one in each of their last two contests.

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"We're going one game at a time, but we like our start," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We like the way we're playing, the consistency and the balance, but we've got a tough opponent next."

The Hawks have let in nine goals in their last five games, while the Kings have scored 12 in their last five.

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