Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks – 5/21/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
The Western conference Finals shift to the Windy City for Game 3 as the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks meet. Hockey fantasy players can follow their roster live at 8PM Eastern Time from Chicago over NBC Sports Network.
The series is even at 1-1. Anaheim jumped to the 1-0 lead with a 4-1 win. Game 2 turned into a marathon session as the teams played deep into overtime period number three as the Blackhawks earned the 3-2 victory. There is only one day of rest between games and that day was for travel. These teams played nearly two full games. Each goalie played over 116 minutes in Game 2. Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith played 49 minutes, Brent Seabrook nearly 48 minutes. Could this be a time to pluck some money on a four line center, defensemen or winger? It will be interesting to see how the fatigue factor plays in Game 3. The Ducks distributed their minutes more equally than the Blackhawks did. That may have been because Anaheim was up 1-0 and Chicago was the more desperate team and wanted their superstars in the game much longer to avoid the 0-2 deficit in this series. Chicago scored two first period goals and went nearly five full periods without a goal.
Anaheim Ducks Center: Ryan Getzlaf has 14 point in the playoffs. But only 2 goals and 12 assists. After going scoreless in the final two games against Calgary, Getzlaf has as assist in the first two games of this series.
Anaheim Ducks Right Wing: Corey Perry has eight goals and eight assists the lead the team with 16 playoff points. He had a goal in Game 2 for his only point in this series. He played just 36 minutes on Monday.
Anaheim Ducks Left Wing: Matt Beleskey has five goals and an assist for six points in the post season. He has had some clutch goals for Anaheim. After a scoreless Game 2 against Chicago it broke a six game point streak for Beleskey.
Anaheim Ducks Defensemen: Sami Vatanen has scored two goals and dished six assists for eight points in the playoffs. He has just one assist over his past four games. He did have his chances with five shots on goal in Game 2. Hampus Lindholm has two goals and six assists for the Ducks in the post season. He has spent ten minutes in the penalty box. The first year players had a goal and an assist in Game 1 against Chicago.
Anaheim Ducks Goaltender: Frederick Anderson in 11 playoff games has an impressive 9-2 mark with a goal against average of 1.81. His save percentage is 93% so the Ducks have not allowed many shots on net.
Chicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews has 12 points in the playoffs with four goals and eight assists. He has just an assist in the two games of this series. Toews has done his playoff damage at home with three goals and three assists on five home ice games.
Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 13 playoff points with seven goals and six assists. He is just rounding into good health after missing the latter part of the season with an upper body injury. He has been silenced in the Anaheim series with no points in the two games of this series.
Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Patrick Sharp has nine playoff points as he has scored four goals and five assists. Sharp like many of the big names for the Blackhawks have been silenced in this series. In two games against Anaheim, Sharp has no points.
Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith leads the unit with 11 points as he has scored two goals and assisted on nine in the playoffs. The nine year pro has hit a scoring slump with just one assist in his past four games. Brent Seabrook has three goals and three assists for six points. Like Keith he is getting lots of playoff minutes. Seabrook has an assist in the two games with Anaheim in this series.
Chicago Blackhawks Goaltender: Corey Crawford won back the starting job in the playoffs. He is 6-2 in nine games with a goal against average of 2.43 and 92.5% save percentage. He was huge in Game 2 saving 60 of 62 shots from Anaheim.
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C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Matt Beleskey (Ducks)
D: Sami Vatanen (Ducks) Hampus Lindholm (Ducks)
G: Frederick Anderson (Ducks)