Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators – 4/23/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
One of the more exciting playoff series is out west as the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators will continue their series about Game 5 on Thursday April 23rd. There has been a good amount of scoring as well making NHL draft managers money and adding more focus on the player rosters from each of the games in this playoff. Chicago leads this best of seven series at 3-1 and can clinch with a win as this game goes off at 9:30PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network.
There have been two overtime games with Chicago winning both of them. They opened up play with a 4-3 win on the road at Nashville in overtime. After the teams split the next two games it was time for Game 4 in Chicago where the Blackhawks earned a 3-2 win in triple overtime. Both teams have a high number of shots on goal in each game of this series. Power plays have been mediocre at best.
Chicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews had two goals and three assists in the playoffs for a total of five points. He is tied for the most Blackhawks points thus far in the post season. Toews has a knack for stepping up his game in the postseason.
Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Marian Hossa has five points in the playoffs and they have all come from assists. He leads the team in shots with 18 on net thus far but has yet to get one past the Nashville net minder. Patrick Kane has a goal and three assists thus far in the post season. Kane missed much of the tail end of the regular season as he was nursing a high body injury. He returned for the postseason and is second on the team in scoring in the playoffs.
Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Patrick Sharp has two goals and an assist thus far for hockey fantasy draft managers. Sharp has been active offensively as he is second on the club with 17 shots on goal in the playoffs.
Chicago Blackhawks Defensmen: Duncan Keith is a grizzled playoff veteran He leads the defense with four points as he has one goal and three assists. You get good value on his hockey mock drafts with Keith because he plays the most minutes on the ice for Chicago averaging over 34 minutes of ice time during the playoffs. Brent Seabrook has three points in this series as he has netted two goals and dished out an assists. The two goals have come on his seven shots on net.
Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford has seen the ice in two of the four games thus far. He got the start in Game 2 and surrendered six goals and was benched in both Game 3 and Game 4. Scott Darling has all three wins in his series for Chicago as he has saved 97% of the shots he has faced in this series.
Nashville Predators Center: Craig Smith has led the Predators with five points in the playoffs with two goals and three assists. He leads the club with 24 shots on net. Colin Wilson had four goals on his 15 shots in the series. Four of the top five point producers for Nashville have come from the center position.
Nashville Predators Left Wing: Victory Stalberg had a goal and assists in the post season. James Neal has a single point and it came on a goal.
Nashville Predators Defensemen: Ryan Ellis leads the Predators defensemen in scoring with three points in the playoffs. All of the scoring has come via assists. Seth Jones has two points and both have been assists. Jones has plus minus of -5 in the playoffs worse on the team.
Nashville Predators Goalie: Pekka Rinne has been between the piples for all games in this NHL playoff series for the Predators. He is 1-3 with a goal against average of 2.54. He has a save percentage of 91.1% and has seen an average of 39 shots per game during this playoff series which is a very high number.
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C: Craig Smith (Predators)
RW: Marian Hossa (Blackhawks)
LW: Patrick Sharp (Blackhawks)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks) Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks)
G: Scott Darling (Blackhawks)