CHICAGO, IL (The Spread) - Given the records of both of these teams in elimination situations, Game 7 should be an instant classic tonight between the Kings and Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks are 5-0 when facing elimination in games 5-7 of series over the past two postseasons, while the Kings are a perfect 6-0 when facing elimination this postseason alone. L.A. is also 2-0 in elimination games on the road and according to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Kings own 19 players who are stated to play tonight that are a combined 64-2 over their careers in Game 7s. That's remarkable.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Blackhawks are -144 money line favorites over the Kings, who are +133 on the ML. The total for tonight's game, meanwhile, is currently sitting at 5 goals. All of these odds are the opening numbers, so there hasn't been any line movement as of this writing.
The trends favor the Hawks in tonight's game. The home team is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams while the Kings are just 3-8 in their last 11 games versus the Blackhawks and 1-7 in their last eight games in Chicago. The over is 5-0 in the last five meetings between these two teams but the under is 23-10-3 in the last 36 meetings in Chicago.
The puck will drop at 8:00PM ET tonight in game that you don't want to miss.