Blackhawks vs Los Angeles Kings NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Blackhawks vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction 4/18/2024

The Chicago Blackhawks (23-53-5) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Kings (43-27-11) on Thursday, April 18th. This game will be played at Arena in Los Angeles and televised on NBCS. Both the Blackhawks and Kings will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 ET.

Blackhawks vs Kings

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The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Heading into the game, the Blackhawks are 15th in the Western Conference with a record of 23-53-5. In the Central Division, Chicago is 8th with a mark of 6-20. On the road this season, the Blackhawks are just 7-32-1 and have lost three straight games away from home. Over their last ten games, Chicago has gone 3-7 and has lost five games in a row.

As the underdog, the Blackhawks have gone 19-52-5 this season and have lost five straight games when not favored. Against Western Conference opponents, Chicago has a record of 15-34.

Chicago enters the game with a puck line record of 35-46 this year and have gone 0-5 against the puck line in their last five games. So far, the Blackhawks have dropped 44 games by more than one goal.

On the road, Chicago has a puck line record of 12-28, and their average scoring margin this year sits at -1.4 goals per game. In their last ten games away from home, the Blackhawks have gone just 3-7 against the puck line.

Following a 3-1 loss on the road to the Golden Knights, the Blackhawks are eager to bounce back. Offensively, the Blackhawks faced a challenge in the first and second periods, failing to score. However, they did score one goal in the third period. For the game, Chicago’s only goal came at even strength. Overall, they had 23 shots on goal vs. Vegas.

Chicago entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6 with a combined total of 4 goals.

The Los Angeles Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

With a record of 43-27-11, the Kings have 97 points and are in 8th place in the Western Conference. In the Pacific Division, Los Angeles is in 4th place. Over their last ten games, the Kings have gone 5-5, and they are 21-12-7 at home this season.

Los Angeles has been favored in 56 of their 81 games and have gone 31-18-7 in those games. As the favorite, the Kings have won two straight games.

At home this season, the Kings have gone 19-21 against the puck line and have a puck line record of 39-42 overall. So far, they have 29 wins by multiple goals and have lost by more than one goal 21 times.

Overall, the Kings have an average scoring margin of +.5 goals per game, and their scoring margin at home is slightly higher at +.7 goals per contest. Against the puck line, the team is 22-34 when favored, and in their last ten home games, they have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line.

The Kings aim to bounce back following their 3-1 loss at home to the Wild. Offensively, the Kings couldn’t find the net in the first two periods, but they made a comeback with one goal in the third period. For the game, Los Angeles’ only goal came at even strength. Overall, they had 24 shots on goal vs. Minnesota.

Los Angeles went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 5.5, with a combined total of 4 goals.

Chicago Offense Breakdown

For their offensive performance, the Blackhawks come in averaging 2.1 goals per game this season, which is 32nd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 31st in the league. This season, the Blackhawks have a 5-14 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 18-36 record.

This season, the Blackhawks’ have an over/under record of 31-46-4. Throughout the season, they have played 40 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.7 goals per game.

Kings Offense Breakdown

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When looking at their offense, the Kings have an average of 3.1 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 19th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 11th in the league. Los Angeles’ offense comes into the game ranked 15th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 5th in the NHL.

The Kings’ over/under record this season is 30-48-3. For the season, they have had 40 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.7 goals per game.

Chicago Team Defense

Defensively, the Blackhawks are currently 6th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.5 shots per game against Chicago. They also are 29th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Los Angeles Team Defense

Los Angeles defense takes on the Blackhawks ranked 29th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.1 shots per game against Los Angeles. They also are 5th in shutouts, with 7 shutouts.

Blackhawks vs Kings Trends

  • When looking at their past three road matchups, Chicago has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 1 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.
  • Los Angeles has played well in their previous three home games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 1. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Kings have gone 6-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 4-6.
  • As the betting favorite, the Blackhawks have an puck line mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. Chicago posted a straight up mark of 7-3 in these matchups.

Blackhawks vs Kings Prediction

For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Blackhawks to pick up on a win over the Kings and the road. With the moneyline sitting at +278, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Blackhawks straight-up.

If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Blackhawks winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Blackhawks straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.

If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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