Monday NHL odds: Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks opened the season with a win over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on the way to a record 24 straight games with at least one point. Yet the Hawks still need every point they can get with Anaheim right on their heels for the Western Conference’s top seed as Chicago hosts LA on Monday night.
Chicago lost 4-2 at Anaheim on Wednesday in its last game. Nick Leddy scored a power-play goal and captain Jonathan Toews scored an early short-handed goal for the Blackhawks (24-3-3), who have lost after entering the third period with a lead just twice in 19 games this season — both times to the Ducks. Corey Crawford made 22 saves for the Blackhawks, who appeared to be headed for a 2-1 road victory until Anaheim scored three times in stunning style late in the third period.
The Hawks played without first-line forward Marian Hossa against Anaheim and he’s likely out Monday. Hossa was injured during the first period against the Colorado Avalanche on March 18 and has not played since. Hossa has 13 goals and 10 assists in 28 games this season. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has picked up most of Hossa’s minutes in his absence. Kane double-shifted throughout Wednesday’s game and played a team-high 24:23.
The Kings lost 1-0 against Vancouver on Saturday, their second straight loss. The Kings, coming off a 2-0 home loss to Dallas on Thursday in which they had 40 shots, were blanked for the third time this season. It is the first time they have been shut out in consecutive games since Feb. 16-18, 2012, when they sustained a pair of 1-0 home losses.
This is the final meeting of the regular season between these teams with Chicago winning the first two. On opening day in LA, Chicago won 5-2. Hossa had two goals and an assist, and Crawford made 19 saves. Captain Jonathan Toews and Kane each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who jumped to a 3-0 lead on Michael Frolik’s goal less than 15 minutes in. On Feb. 17 in Chicago the Hawks won 3-2. Brent Seabrook and Toews each had a goal and an assist. Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, but he also remains out with a shoulder injury. Mike Richards scored two power-play goals in the third period to pull the Kings within one after Chicago outplayed them in the opening 40 minutes and built a 3-0 lead.
WagerWeb.com trends: Under is 19-5-3 in the last 27 meetings in Chicago. Under is 33-14-7 in the last 54 meetings. Road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. Kings are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings. Kings are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Chicago.