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Kings Look To Earn Second-Straight Stanley Cup Final Berth

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/30/2013 7:56:47 PM

The Los Angeles Kings are one series away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second-straight year. It only makes sense that they will match up with the sports betting team that owned the league’s best record in a bid to get there. The Kings will clash with the Presidents trophy-winning Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final, a battle between the best from the regular season and the best from last year’s postseason. Los Angeles plays a physical style that is perfect for playoff hockey, and will look to do everything they can to wear the Blackhawks down with every game.

Western Conference Final – Game 1
Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks
Saturday June 1, 2013 – 5:00 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NHL Sportsbook Line: Chicago – 130

Chicago is considered the more skilled team of the two, and is the favorite to win this series and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. The fact that the Blackhawks managed to overcome a 3-1 series deficit against the Detroit Red Wings in order to get to the conference final is impressive, but it’s also important to remember how they got in that position in the first place.

NHL Betting Preview: Los Angeles Kings

The Kings have a ton of weaponry up front, but it hasn’t clicked the way some expected so far in the regular season. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter have led the way in scoring once again, but Los Angeles is hoping that Justin Williams’ two-goal outburst in game seven against the San Jose Sharks can help him break out after he managed just four points to that point, as is the case with Dustin Brown and Dustin Penner. Jonathan Quick has once again been the MVP for the Kings this postseason, and as long as Los Angeles continues to clear out the garbage in front of him he will be fine.

NHL Betting Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

It will be on the Chicago forwards to create more traffic in front of Quick and generate second and third chance opportunities, and that certainly won’t be easy against a much bigger and more physical online sports betting opponent. The Blackhawks struggled early on in their series against Detroit, and must avoid falling in to similar traps against a Kings’ team that will not allow them to come back form a 3-1 series deficit. Corey Crawford will also need to be better to give Chicago a chance, and while he is not an elite goalie like Jonathan Quick, he will need to have a great series.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Los Angeles is a bigger and more physical team, and they also have the better goaltender in Quick. Unlike last series the Kings will need to win at least one game on the road in order to have a chance to advance, so look for them to come out flying and try to steal game one to guarantee at minimum a road split. The Blackhawks were fortunate in many instances in their comeback against Detroit, but they won’t get the same opportunities against a much tougher Los Angeles team that has been here before.

NHL Betting Pick: Los Angeles Kings

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