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Hockey Betting - Kings at Blackhawks

Hockey betting handicappers have seen the Chicago Blackhawks struggle to maintain their Stanley Cup Champion form so far in the NHL betting season.
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Hockey betting facts of life in the current era prove that a team like Chicago cannot maintain their Stanley Cup winning roster as the salary cap is a huge NHL betting factor.

The Chicago Blackhawks will host the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday with a telecast on NHLNET set to begin at 7 PM ET.  Be sure and open your account at Sports Gambling and be set for action on this important Western Conference matchup.

The Los Angeles Kings are one of the teams in the Western Conference that are looking to challenge the Chicago Blackhawks for the top spot and a shot at Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2010-11.  The Kings were off to a solid start as they were in the thick of the Pacific Division race with a NHL wagering record of 17-10-1-0 although they were just 6-8 on the road.

The Kings began the season as a strong under team with a mark of 9-18-1 under the total.  LA went under in 6 of their first 14 road games.  The Kings were off to a fine start in December with 4 wins in their first 5 games with none of the games going over the total.

Los Angeles has broken away from their roots to become a solid defensive team as they ranked 4th in the NHL for goals against while ranking 16th for scoring.  Jonathon Quick led LA with a 15-6-2 record in goal with a stellar 1.83 goals against average and 2 shutouts.

Anze Kopitar had 13 goals and 16 assists to lead the Kings while Justin Williams had 10 goals and 17 assists while Dustin Brown had 10 goals and 11 assists.

Chicago had a record of 16-13-2-1 with the hockey odds including 8-8 at home.  The Blackhawks were an even 16-16 split on over/unders although they trended more under at home with a mark of 6-10 under the total.

The Blackhawks lost several key components to last year’s Stanley Cup championship team including both of their goaltenders as the NHL salary cap made it impossible to keep the team together.  Chicago was still a solid offensive team that ranked 8th in hockey betting for goal scoring but just 24th for goals against.