NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, May 24

NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, May 24

Blackhawks at Kings: What Bettors Need to Know
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Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings (-121, 5)

By earning a split in the Windy City, the Los Angeles Kings wrested away home-ice advantage from the reigning Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks. The resilient Kings look to ride the momentum of their five-goal outburst in the third period when the teams reconvene at Staples Center for Game 3 of the Western Conference final on Saturday. Jeff Carter highlighted the offensive display by recording his second career playoff hat trick and adding an assist in Los Angeles' 6-2 triumph over Chicago on Wednesday.

The loss at United Center was the first this postseason for the Blackhawks, who have won three of their last four visits to Staples Center - including a split in last season's conference final. "We have to go out there and win a game in L.A., for sure," Ben Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's something we've done before (and being able to) draw from that experience is nice." Defenseman Nick Leddy, who scored on Wednesday, collected a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks posted a 5-3 triumph over the Kings in the teams' lone regular-season meeting in Los Angeles on Feb. 3.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: Despite Wednesday's lopsided final result, coach Joel Quenneville refused to hang his head at the team's predicament. "We've been in some tough sports," Quenneville said. "Look at last year - down 2-1 to Boston (in the Stanley Cup final), down 3-1 to Detroit (in the second round), down 2-0 to St. Louis (in this year's first round) and 2-2 in the Minnesota series - there's a lot of hockey left in this series." Chicago has scored a power-play goal in three of its last four contests, although it yielded a pair after killing off 44-of-48 short-handed situations entering Game 3.

ABOUT THE KINGS: Carter's young linemates also are enjoying strong series as Tyler Toffoli has scored in each contest while rookie Tanner Pearson has notched three assists. The trio combined on a backbreaking goal that gave Los Angeles a 4-2 lead as the Chicago players appeared uncertain if the puck had sailed into the netting. "I don't think they knew where it was," Pearson said. "So I saw it, I knew (Toffoli) would be in the slot somewhere, so I just passed it out there and fortunately he was there and put it in."

TRENDS:


* Blackhawks are 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Los Angeles.
* Blackhawks are 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.
* Home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
* Under is 16-7-3 in the last 26 meetings.

OVERTIME:


1. Los Angeles' Dean Lombardi joined Montreal's Marc Bergevin and Anaheim's Bob Murray as finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the league announced on Friday.

2. Chicago expects to see the return of C Andrew Shaw, who has been sidelined for the last seven games. He suffered a leg injury when he was on the receiving end of a check from Minnesota D Clayton Stoner during the second-round series.

3. The Kings dominated in the faceoff circle (43-of-70) in Game 2 as Cs Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll combined to win 29-of-43 draws.

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CHICAGO (55-24-0-17, 127 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (55-34-0-9, 119 pts.) - 5/24/2014, 8:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 27-27 ATS (-14.9 Units) second half of the season this season.
CHICAGO is 8-13 ATS (-15.0 Units) when playing with 2 days rest this season.
CHICAGO is 14-24 ATS (-17.1 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
CHICAGO is 9-19 ATS (-13.5 Units) in road games after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 3 seasons.
CHICAGO is 2-7 ATS (-7.4 Units) in road games after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game this season.
CHICAGO is 8-17 ATS (-12.3 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
CHICAGO is 6-12 ATS (-8.3 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 21-31 ATS (-18.2 Units) on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 11-6 (+3.0 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 11-6-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
8 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.2 Units)

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CHICAGO vs. LOS ANGELES
Chicago is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
Los Angeles is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
Los Angeles is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago

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NHL Playoffs

Kings scored five third period goals, first two on power play, to even series 1-1; LA split its six home playoffs games- they've won three of last four games overall. Blackhawks beat Los Angeles 4-1 in LY's playoffs; they're won ten of last 13 games vs Kings, winning three of last four visits here. LA is 28-19 at home this season, 3-3 in playoffs; Chicago won nine of last twelve games since getting down 2-0 in first round to St Louis; they're 26-21 on road this year, 2-4 in playoffs- they scored four goals in last three playoff games.

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