Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild – 5/5/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
It will be Game 3 of the Western conference semifinal round of the NHL playoffs on Tuesday May 5th as the Minnesota Wild will be hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. NHL draft managers can tune in at 8PM Eastern Time on NBC Network to watch live.
The Chicago Blackhawks holds a 2-0 series lead as they took the first two games of this series on home ice. In each game the Blackhawks were able to push across four goals all on even strength. The Blackhawks stars have piled up the points in the scoring column in this series. After a shaky start to the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs goaltender Corey Crawford has solidified the starting position and has won both games.
In the opening round of the playoffs the Blackhawks were taken to six games by the Nashville Predators. Two of their four wins in that series came in overtime. The Blackhawks are 5-0 at home in the playoffs and 1-2 on the road in the post season. The Chicago defense has been lax on the road as the club has given up 14 goals in the three games. Minnesota was tied at 2-2 after the first four games with the St Louis Blues in the opening round. The Wild rallied with wins in Game 5 and 6 to advance into the second round. On home ice in the postseason Minnesota is 2-1. The two wins the Wild allowed a total of one goal. Game 4 got away from Minnesota as they allowed six goals at home to St Louis.
Chicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews has four goals and five assists in the playoffs. In the closeout game against Nashville on Saturday April 25th he had a goal and two assists. He had a goal in the win on Sunday.
Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in goals score in the playoffs with five. His ten points in the post season ties Duncan Keith for the most on the team. Kane is has goals in three straight and had two goals scored in the 4-1 victory on Sunday to Minnesota.
Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Patrick Sharp has four goals and four assists for a total of eight points in the post season. Sharp has a two point game in Game 3 on Sunday and had two points in Game 6 against Nashville. He has points in three straight playoff games.
Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith steps up the offense during the post season to the delight of fantasy draft manager. He is tied with Patrick Kane with the most points on the team at ten. He has two goals and eight assists in the post season. Keith has six points in his past three games. In the series with Minnesota Keith had two assist in Game 1 and an assist in Game 2.
Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford has won his starting job back after a shaky start to the playoffs. He is 3-1 in the post season with a high goal against average of 3.14 with a poor save percentage of 89%. Crawford has allowed four goals total over his past three games.
Minnesota Wild Center: Mikael Granlund had six points in the postseason with two goals and four assists. He has just one point in the first two games of this series with a goal in Game 1 on Friday.
Minnesota Wild Left Wing: Zach Parise leads his team in scoring with four goals and five assists for nine points. Parise has three goals and four points over his past three games. He had a goal and assist against Chicago in Game 1.
Minnesota Wild Right Wing: Jason Pominville checks in with five points in the post season with two goals and three assists. He has been fighting a bug. Pominville has just one assist over his past five games.
Minnesota Wild Defensemen: Jared Spurgeon has a goal and two assists for three points in the post season. He has been held scoreless in his past three playoff games. Marcus Scandella has two goals and an assist for three points. He has netted one goal and dished one assist over his past five playoff games.
Minnesota Wild Goaltender: Devan Dubnyk is 4-4 in the post season with a goal against average of 2.64 and save percentage of only 90%. He has allowed seven of the eight goals scored by Chicago in this series.
Pro Hockey One-Day League Fantasy Tips
C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Zach Parise (Wild)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks) Marcus Scandella (Wild)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)