Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings
Tip-off: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – 9:00 PM ET
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California
It’s ben tough for the Los Angeles Kings for the past two postseasons. A few weeks ago, the Kings managed to escape the same 0-2 deficit they’re now in the middle of in the Western Conference finals.
However, the Kings and their online sports wagering fans aren’t quite sure they’ve met another foe that could match the talent of the Chicago Blackhawks, who might even be the team to end Los Angeles’ 2 1/2 months of perfection at home.
After back-to-back defeats in Chicago, thedefending Stanley Cup champions would love to stay perfect at Staples Center in a crucial Game 3 tonight.
Los Angeles has been able to win 14 straight at home since March, and they’ve won seven straight home NHL playoff games dating to last season’s Stanley Cup clincher. This team has no idea why they’ve been unbeatable at Staples Center, but they simply know that their repeat hopes depend heavily on it.
The Blackhawks have won five straight postseason games after falling into a 1/3 hole versus the Detroit Red Wings in the second round.
Chicago won both games of the conference finals in persuasive fashion, overcoming Los Angeles’ greatest strengths along the way.
The Blackwahks even chased Jonathan Quick out of Game 2 by scoring four goals versus the Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie. This hadn’t been done in 34 straight playoff games over the past three years. Coach Sutter acknowledged he pulled the 27 year-old goaltender partly to give him a brief rest for the remaining playoff grind.
The Blackhawks were reminded of the tenuous nature of any playoff lead in the second round, so they weren’t brimming with overconfidence when they arrived on the West Coast.
Los Angeles has lost at home in regulation just four times in this entire lockout-shortened season, however Chicago was responsible for arguably the biggest loss of them all.
As YouWager experts point out, the Blackhawks managed to destroy the Kings’ Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony in the season opener in January, and Chicago’s 5-2 win sent them to the start that led them to the NHL’s best regular-season record.