NHL Picks: Kings vs. Blues Game 5

Mike Richardson

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:32 PM GMT

It’s honors even, as the Kings take on the Blues in the big game of their first round series of the Stanley Cup back at the Scottrade Center.


Those Kings have shown they aren't ready to give up their Stanley Cup just yet, and the reigning champions scored more goals in their last game against the St Louis than they had in the entire series. Now, LA looks to be the first road team to win a game. Let's evaluate the NHL odds for this game to see where we should drop our money.

Monday Night’s Action

LA were behind 3-2 entering the third period and twenty minutes away from a 3-1 series deficit, but they had another two-goal burst in them, with Anze Kopitar breaking his long famine and then Justin Williams putting them in front.

Williams said. "That's battling all the way to the final buzzer. We needed a big third period, and we responded. We're an experience team. We've been through a lot, and we knew we were facing a daunting task going back to St. Louis down 3-1, and we found it in ourselves."

Still the Kings are +1500 to retain the Stanley cup while the Blues are +1200. In other words LA are the 9th favourite team to lift the cup, while St Louis are 6th available for our NHL picks.

After winning the first two games, St. Louis knew they would not lose home-ice advantage regardless of what happened in LA But St Louise have to be disappointed that, they're all even again and now facing a best-of-3 in the final games.

"That was tough," defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. "We knew they were going to come. We have to be much better there. We have to be able to respond to it. The series is back to a tie. We go back home and start over. It's just a matter of resetting and getting back to the way we were playing."

Also, check out Swingin's picks on the Bruins and Maple Leafs!

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As it stands with the sportsbooks the Kings are +110 to see the next round while the Blues are -115.

IN this game the bookies have a Kings win at +110 a Blues victory at -129, and the game ending timed at +290. What’s more they have xx as being the busiest period and the shortest correct score odds are on 2-2 at +700.

Free NHL Picks: Kings reign in LA with a 4-2 victory, available at +2000 with William Hill.