Kings vs. Hawks Game 1 Pick

2014 NHL Playoffs Blackhawks Kings Game 1 free picks predictions odds

CHICAGO, IL (The Spread) - The Blackhawks host the Kings today in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at 3:00PM ET. Who holds the edge?  

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ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blackhawks are -148 money line favorites over the Kings, who are +136 on the ML. The total for today's game is currently sitting at 5 goals.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Kings opened with +129 money line odds but those odds have climbed to +136, while the Hawks' odds have gone from -140 up to -148. The total hasn't moved after opening at 5 at most online and Vegas sports books.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers that have currently been placed on this game, 69% of bettors favor the Blackhawks. This information is subject to change, however, so click on the link provided for the most updated public betting stats.

NHL FREE PICK: Take Chicago. According to latest NHL trends, the Kings are just 7-19 in their last 26 games versus the Hawks and 0-5 in their last five trips to Chicago. The home team is also 6-2 in their last eight games while the Blackhawks are 8-1 in their last nine conference finals games. They're also 8-2 in their last 10 games overall, 5-1 in their last six after allowing two goals or less in their previous games and 6-1 in their last seven games following a win. The Kings, meanwhile, are 1-4 in their last five conference finals games and 1-6 in their last seven when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous contest.

2014 NHL PLAYOFFS FREE PICK: BLACKHAWKS -148

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