Due to a Rolling Stones gig at United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings are playing on back-to-back nights to start their series. It's not ideal for either club, but it'd be massive for Chicago to rapidly get out to a 2-0 series lead after their success yesterday. The Kings were already very sluggish last night so need to dig deep; in the first period shots were 17-2 in the Blackhawks' favour.
Unsurprisingly goalie Jonathan Quick was the man keeping it close for LA but their only goal of the game was a hugely fortunate bounce off the skate of Justin Williams. They were disjointed and sloppy up front, failing to get puck possession and any quality chances on Corey Crawford. Williams is now the only man to score a goal for them over the last two games. Coach Darryl Sutter began juggling his lines late on just to spark some chemistry.
Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have been Chicago's most reliable forwards and came through again with their tallies on the night. Their powerplay might have made their jobs a little bit easier, though for the most part the Hawks will be extremely pleased. Defensively it was all about outworking the Kings, harassing them and exposing their lack of attacking fluidity. The goals are unlikely to flow at any point in this series so take under 4.5 at 1.82.
All of LA's losses in this year's play-offs have been on the road by that 2-1 scoreline, and you can get 16.00 on it happening yet again tonight. It'll surely be a loss by a greater margin if the put on another poor effort, though there's surely too much tenacity and leadership in their line-up to allow that to happen. Seeing as the Kings are finding it so tough away from Staples Center, back a Chicago regulation win at 1.95.
Best bet: Under 4.5 total goals at 1.82