While Stanford and Virginia Tech will tell a tale of Pac-10 vs ACC teams fighting it out in the Orange Bowl at 8:30pm EST on Monday night; it will be a tale of two 4th place teams hitting the boards when the Chicago Blackhawks (20-17-3) travel to face the Los Angeles Kings (22-15-1) on Versus live from the STAPLES Center with the puck scheduled to drop at 9:00pm EST. Online sportsbooks have opened with the Kings as a -135 favorite in NHL predictions vs the Blackhawks +115 with an over/under betting total of 5.5 UNDER (-120). Sportsbooks also favor Los Angeles -1.5 (+225) in puck line NHL odds vs Chicago +1.5 (-270) for Monday night’s game on Versus.
The Blackhawks currently sit in fourth pace of the Central Division and had won four consecutive games towards the end of December but have lost their path with three consecutive losses heading into Monday’s match-up vs the Kings. Chicago lost 1-2 on Sunday as favorites in NHL predictions on the road vs the Anaheim Ducks to follow a 3-5 loss vs the San Jose Sharks and 1-3 loss at the St. Louis Blues. Although the Blackhawks are underdogs in NHL odds vs the Kings they do have positive betting trends in their favor having gone 8-1 in their previous nine match-ups including 5 straight wins vs Los Angeles and holding them to only two goals in that span.
The Kings also sit in fourth place of the Pacific Division and have their own losing streak to contend with tonight as Los Angeles has lost their last three game. The Kings lost to the San Jose Sharks 0-1 on Saturday as favorites in NHL predictions at home after a 4-7 home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers and 3-6 road loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Los Angeles will have to also overcome being out-shot by the Blackhawks 11-27 in their previous nine match-ups. The Kings are ranked 12th in the league for goals per game this season and could pull off the victory at home tonight if captain Dustin Brown can finally find the net vs Chicago. Brown has only one goal vs the Blackhawks in their past nine games.
NHL Predictions: Chicago Blackhawks +115