Chicago Blackhawks 2.02 vs Los Angeles Kings 3.30
Chicago took the first lead in this series after pulling through Game 1 by 3-1 on Sunday. In the aftermath, it was all reciprocated respect and there seems to be an air of resignation that it's going to go to six or seven games no matter what.
The Blackhawks will also understand that the result could quite easily have gone the other way had LA capitalised on their second period pressure when the game was tied. Duncan Keith made the Kings pay for a bad neutral zone turnover against the run of play and that was a trend for each of the even strength goals scored on the night aside from the early powerplay tally by the hosts, both teams handle the puck so well those rare mistakes will be costly.
Positives for LA to build on too then apart from nailing down their strategy on how they're going to solve Corey Crawford, who seems to get even more comfortable as the playoffs progress.
Presence around the net is a basic solution that playoff hockey demands and on the Kings roster those duties should fall to big bodies like Dustin Brown and Dwight King, neither is having a great postseason and that's an easy way to make yourself useful. With duelling goalies Crawford and Jonathan Quick both in superb form though the fact that under 4.5 total goals hasn't changed from 1.93 as it was two nights ago makes it worth a look.
Another boost for the Hawks is that they may be able to insert bundle of energy Andrew Shaw back into the line-up. Centre is their most problematic position and he brings versatility as well as a relentless approach every shift. Their 100% record at home remains intact and even though LA should feel free enough to take chances in pursuit of a steal, I guess Chicago over 2.00 isn't to be ignored.
Best Bet: Chicago Blackhawks to win at 2.05