Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Lightning – 01/21/16 Preview Prediction & Fantasy Picks
The Tampa Bay Lightning (25-17-4) have home crowd advantage this time around in this 2nd matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks (32-13-4) this season. It’s also a rematch of the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals, which Tampa lost. Both team are on fire right now, and one of them will be put out at the end of this confrontation.
Chicago is on a 12 game winning streak. They have set a Blackhawks record for consecutive wins by defeating the Nashville Predators 4-1, on Tuesday. The Blackhawks have won the last 4 meetings between the two, a stretch that includes last year’s NHL finals. To make matters worse, Tampa Bay has not scored against goaltender Corey Crawford since the second period of the finals Game 5. To be exact, that’s 149 minutes and 24 second of shutout. Crawford will have the chance to extend that streak tonight.
Tampa Bay is on a season-high 6th straight win, thanks to center Brian Boyle. He returned to the lineup on Tuesday, after missing one game due to injury, and scored the winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers. The Lightning’s offense is going well nowadays, scoring no fewer than 3 goals during the winning streak. Coach Jon Cooper decided to give Ben Bishop the day off Tuesday, letting backup Andrei Vasilevskiy play instead. Bishop should be back tonight. The 6-foot-7 goalie won his last 3 starts, while holding a .959 save percentage.
Fantasy Pick and Prediction:
C Vadislav Namestnikov (Tampa Bay)
LW Artemi Panarin (Chicago)
RW Patrick Kane (Chicago)
D Duncan Keith (Chicago)
D Brent Seabrook (Chicago)
G Corey Crawford (Chicago)