Hockey betting concerns continue to grow as to whether or not the Chicago Blackhawks can make the online hockey betting post season and defend their Stanley Cup title.
The Los Angeles Kings will host the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night with a telecast on Versus set to begin at 9 PM ET. Open your account now at Sports Gambling for the side and total on this important Western Conference matchup that could prove to be a preview of a playoff matchup next spring.
The Chicago Blackhawks had a record of 20-16-2-1 with the hockey betting odds and were not among the top 8 in the Western Conference standings which means that if the season ended now they would not be in the playoffs.
Last year’s Stanley Cup champions have been decimated by the NHL salary cap and free agency as they could not stay under the number this past off season and had to let key contributors to their Cup championship go including both goaltenders.
And it has been goaltending that has been the biggest problem for Chicago as they rank 20th in the NHL for goals against while ranking a solid 5th overall for goals scored. Centers Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews lead the attack. Sharp had 21 goals and 17 assists while Toews had 15 goals and 18 assists.
The Los Angeles Kings had a record of 22-15-1 with the hockey betting line and were a top contender in the Western Conference playoff race. Defense was no problem for the Kings as they ranked 5th for goals against as Jonathan Quick had a 2.02 goals against average.
Center Anze Kopitar continues to emerge as a top scorer as he led the Kings with 15 goals and 26 assists while right winger Dustin Brown had 16 goals and 17 assists.
Chicago has won 8 of their last 9 hockey betting matchups with Los Angeles and the series has gone under the total in the last 8 consecutive meetings. Chicago defeated Los Angeles on December 19 in a 3-2 home payout as the game went under the total. The Blackhawks previous visit to LA this year was a 2-1 win on November 27 that also went under the total.