NHL betting, Chicago in California before Olympic hockey break

Harry How

Olympic hockey betting starts on the weekend, but NHL odds are first and foremost until then. The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Los Angeles Kings tonight to kick off hockey wagering for the week.

The Chicago Blackhawks are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games against the Los Angeles Kings including a current streak of four straight wins.

Chicago will have a chance to extend that winning streak in Los Angeles on Monday night going off at -110 on the road, according to 5Dimes.eu. Los Angeles is just 5-13-2 in its last 20 games and 1-8 SU over its last nine games.

The Kings have scored only three goals in their last six games. Surprisingly, the OVER 5 goals is the favored position for NHL totals bettors tonight.

On Wednesday, the Blackhawks face the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim. The Ducks have the best road record in the Western Conference at 22-3-2. Chicago broke a five-game losing streak against the Ducks with a 4-2 win at home back on January 17.

After losing to the Ducks and beating the Kings, the Philadelphia Flyers round out their California road trip Monday against the San Jose Sharks. Like Los Angeles, the Sharks are in the midst of a scoring drought with just two goals in their last four games.

Despite the slump, San Jose is a home -185 favorite at home, according to Hockey Odds while Philadelphia is paying +160 on an upset.

The Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games in the Stanley Cup final in 2011. Since then, the Canucks are 2-0 SU in two regular season games against the Bruins including a 6-2 win in Vancouver in December. The two teams meet again on Tuesday in Boston.

Over their last 10 games, the Toronto Maple Leafs are 8-1-1 with a current three-game winning streak. The Maple Leafs will look to stay hot this week on a two-game road trip facing the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Toronto has enjoyed recent success against both of these teams with a 4-1 SU record in its last five against Florida and a 6-2 SU record in its last eight against Tampa Bay.

On Friday the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division clash as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Rangers. Pittsburgh is 22-4-0 at home this season and 10-2 in its last 12 games against the Rangers.

NHL action wraps up on Saturday before the Olympic Break begins on Sunday. Check out Winter Olympics betting odds on hockey and other sports where the Norwegians are favored to win the most gold medals in Sochi.

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