Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators – 4/17/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
We move into the Game 2’s of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday April 17th. One of the main attractions features the Nashville Predators hosting the Chicago Blackhawks at 9:30PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network.
The betting line seems short as the Predators are just a -115 favorite heading into this contest which leads one to believe we may be in for a close game. Game 1 was a wild thriller than went in favor of the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in double overtime. The game saw Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford benched after giving up three first period goals to the Predators. To Chicago’s credit once falling behind 3-0 after one period the team rallied for four straight goals to earn the win. This was the complete opposite of last year’s Western conference finals where the Blackhawks blew lead after lead to the LA Kings who eventually tossed Chicago out of the playoffs in a dramatic seven game series for the ages. Media reports have Corey Crawford back in net for the Blackhawks. This was a huge loss for Nashville who has not played well down the stretch.
Chicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews had an exception Game 1 as the veteran contributed with three points in the playoff opener. He had a goal and two assists making his instrumental in all by one Chicago score.
Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: After missing time with a collar bone injury Patrick Kane returned to the Blackhawks lineup for Game 1. He dished out two assists. In 61 regular season games for Chicago the veteran right wing has 27 goals and 37 assists for a 64 point total.
Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Patrick Sharp had a goal in the opener. The eleven year veteran had a down season for his standards but could come cheap in One-Day Fantasy Leagues and could be good value based on his experience in playoff competition.
Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith netted the game winner in double overtime for Chicago and also dished out an assist for the game to finish with two points. A nine year veteran played in 80 games for the Blackhawks with 10 goals and 35 assits. He spent nearly 40 minutes on the ice in Game 1. Brent Seabrook was second amongst the Blackhawks defensemen as the finished the regular season with eight goals and 23 assists. He averaged 22 minutes on the ice which was three minutes fewer than the top defensemen Duncan Keith.
Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: It was a rough 20 minutes for goaltender Corey Crawford. He allowed three Predator goals on 12 first period shots. Crawford is a Stanley cup finals winner with Chicago and could shake off a poor first game. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville agrees and was quoted as saying it was a “no brainer” to return Crawford in net for Game 2. During the regular season Crawford has a goal against average of 2.27.
Nashville Predators Center: Colin Wilson had a good Game 1 as he scored two goals in the opener. He had slumped down the stretch with just one assists over his past four games entering the playoffs. Filip Forsberg led the Predators in points this season and was held scoreless in Game 1 with seven shots on net. Prior to the start of the playoffs he had a goal in three of his four final games.
Nashville Predators Left Wing: James Neal fished with 27 points on the year. He is in the midst of a slump with no points in four straight games.
Nashville Predators Defensemen: Josi Roman finished the regular season with 15 goals and 40 assists. He saw 39 minutes of ice time in Game 1 without a point to show for. Shea Weber scored 45 points during the regular season for Nashville put led the team with penalty minutes. In Game 1 Weber in 38 minutes of play failed to register a point. He has failed to earn a point in five straight games. Ryan Ellis has points in four of his past five games for Nashville. He dished out an assist in the Game 1 defeat.
Nashville Predators Goalie: Pekka Rinne has to bounce back from a subpar outing on Wednesday. He had 38 saves and allowed four goals. For the year Rinne had a 92.3% save percentage with a goal against average of 2.18. Game 2 will be a test for the psyche of Rinne who blew a three goal lead in Game 1. Because of the length of the game his save percentage was over 90%.
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C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Patrick Sharp (Blackhawks)
D: Josi Roman (Predators) Ryan Ellis (Predators)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)