Blackhawks on Four-Game Slide
The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks enter Thursday’s NHL matchup aiming to correct their courses back to winning ways. The Kings’ prospects for the season and the upcoming game in Chicago look far brighter than the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks are in the middle of a rebuild and have several significant contributors on the injured reserve list. Los Angeles and Chicago are in different stages of their re-development into Stanley Cup contenders, making for an interesting matchup – and a potential lock of a betting pick – on Thursday night’s schedule.
Let’s check the latest NHL odds, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Kings vs Blackhawks. We’ve plenty of NHL betting odds for you to consider.
Kings Conclude Road Trip
The Los Angeles Kings were facing a battle to get into the playoffs in the Pacific Division before the season began. As everyone settles into the 2022-23 NHL season, the Los Angeles Kings are third in the Pacific Division with a 6-6-0 record. The Kings arrive in Chicago looking for a win against a Blackhawks team in the midst of a rebuild.
The Kings have won three of their last five games, losing their previous outing 5-2 to the Dallas Stars. Offseason free agent acquisition Kevin Fiala opened the scoring for the Kings, Arthur Kaliyev scored the Kings’ other goal while Cal Petersen was busy making 35 saves.
The Kings were 1-for-3 on the power play, raising their power-play efficiency to 20.8%. At the same time, the penalty kill went 1-for-4, giving up three power-play goals to the Stars, dropping Los Angeles’ penalty kill efficiency to 75.5%.
The Kings’ team stats are critical for making your online sports betting a successful endeavor: The Kings have averaged 3.50 goals per game, 3.92 goals against.
Gabriel Vilardi (eight goals, five assists) and Fiala (three goals, 10 assists) share the points lead for the Kings at thirteen. Following the Kings’ schedule, we think Jonathan Quick will get the start against the Blackhawks. Quick has a 3-4-0 record with a 3.44 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage.
After using the offseason to tear down their roster with more moves hanging over the team as the season progresses, the Chicago Blackhawks were off to a decent start to the 2022-23 season, defying the very low pre-season expectations we’ve all set for them.
They enter Thursday’s matchup with a 4-4-2 record, having lost their last four games in a row. The four-game skid follows a four-game winning streak.
In their previous outing, the Chicago Blackhawks lost 3-1 to the New York Islanders. The Islanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Jonathan Toews scored on the power play, but an empty-net goal sealed the win for the Islanders. Arvid Soderblom made 28 saves for the loss. Alex Stalock played 2:56 and made two saves in the loss.
Chicago’s team stats are impressive for a team that will be near the bottom of the standings at the end of the season.
The Blackhawks have averaged 3.2 goals per game and 3.3 goals against while the power play is operating at an impressive 26.5%. The penalty kill, which can improve, is operating at 74.4%.
With Petr Mrazek joining Seth Jones on the injured reserve list, Stalock has gotten most of the work in net. Soderblom started against the Islanders, so we expect Stalock, despite being listed as day-to-day, to start against the Kings. Stalock is 3-2-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
The next potential valuable piece to leave Chicago currently leads the team in scoring. Patrick Kane has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) while Jonathan Toews has eight points (six goals, two assists).
Kings vs Blackhawks Injury Report
Kings vs Blackhawks Head-to-Head
Thursday night’s matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2022-23 NHL season.
Although last year’s teams and records aren’t the most pertinent, particularly because of the turnover on the Blackhawks roster, we’re going to review the Kings vs. Blackhawks head-to-head for your betting online considerations.
The Los Angeles Kings won the 2021-2022 series against the Chicago Blackhawks, winning two games and losing the third in overtime. The Kings averaged 4.0 goals while the Blackhawks averaged 2.33 goals.
Kings vs Blackhawks Game Information
- Game: Kings (6-6-0) vs Blackhawks (4-4-2)
- Location: United Center, Chicago
- Day/Time: Thursday, Nov. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Kings vs Blackhawks Live Stream: NHL.TV
Kings vs Blackhawks Betting Lines
Kings vs Blackhawks Prediction
The Chicago Blackhawks will likely be the moneyline underdog on NHL odds throughout the season. Thursday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Kings is no exception. The Blackhawks are the moneyline underdog, while the Kings are the rightful favorite.
The Los Angeles Kings are going to defeat the Blackhawks. Our first pick is to take the Los Angeles Kings on the moneyline.
Our second pick and prediction focus on Chicago. The Blackhawks’ goaltending situation is not great right now, and that’s an understatement.
We expect the Kings to defeat a third-string rookie easier than a career backup. If Stalock does get the start, we will consider taking the Blackhawks to cover the spread (+1½).
This pick against the spread changes to a selection on the Kings to cover the spread if Soderblom gets the start. In all likelihood, take the Kings’ to cover the spread.