Preview: Blues at Blackhawks

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks are far removed from the days when the bitter rivals were routinely battling for supremacy in the Central Division. As the teams prepare to meet for the fourth time this season Wednesday night in Chicago, the Blues are sitting in last place in the division – one point behind the skidding Blackhawks.

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A change behind the bench has done nothing to reverse the sagging fortunes of Chicago, which has lost eight in a row (0-6-2) and dropped all three games under new coach Jeremy Colliton. “When you’re in a losing streak, it’s hard to get out of it,” Colliton told reporters after Tuesday’s practice. “You need a couple breaks, but often you don’t get them. You got to make your own breaks. And we’re close. Once we break through, that tide will turn and we can go on a run.” St. Louis got off to a dismal start with seven losses in its first nine games, including a pair of overtime defeats to the Blackhawks, but it has won four of six starting with a 7-3 thrashing of Chicago. “We’ve been winning some games this last little stretch,” Blues coach Mike Yeo told reporters after Sunday’s 3-2 home loss to Minnesota. “Unfortunately, when you dig yourself into a hole the way that we did, every loss really hurts.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network

ABOUT THE BLUES (6-6-3): The loss to the Wild denied St. Louis its first three-game winning streak of the season and also marked the team’s sixth one-goal defeat in 15 games. “We gotta keep learning from this,” Yeo told the media. “Everybody’s sick of losing. So it’s just a matter of doing what it takes to win hockey games. At a certain point, you can’t just keep saying, hey, we’re getting closer. Or we’re getting better. At a certain point we gotta find a way to win these games that are there for you.” Center Ryan O’Reilly has eight goals and nine assists during a career-high 10-game point streak.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (6-8-4): Chicago picked up its first point since Colliton replaced Joel Quenneville, but it coughed up a two-goal lead in the 3-2 overtime loss at Carolina on Monday and has scored 14 goals during the eight-game skid. “Just the way things are going right now that we didn’t find a way to get up a few more goals or two,” said captain Jonathan Toews, who is tied with Alex DeBrincat for second on the team with nine goals after both scored Monday. Toews has three goals and an assist and DeBrincat boasts four points in the three games versus the Blues this season.

OVERTIME

1. Blackhawks F Brandon Saad (arm) could rejoin the lineup after missing the past two games.

2. Blues F Vladimir Tarasenko has 18 goals and 28 points in 26 career games versus Chicago.

3. Chicago put F Marcus Kruger on injured reserve and recalled D Gustav Forsling from Rockford of the American Hockey League.

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Preview: Blackhawks at Canucks

Elias Pettersson has established himself as an extremely early favorite for the Calder Trophy with the season’s first month coming to a close, and for good reason. With an NHL rookie-best total in goals (seven) and points (10) despite missing six games due to a concussion, Pettersson aims to continue his torrid streak on Wednesday as the Vancouver Canucks host the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Pettersson, who is the 21st player in NHL history to score at least seven goals in his first seven contests, tallied in both the second and third period of Monday’s 5-2 win over Minnesota. “He’s got a really good mind for the game, his details are sharp,” Canucks coach Travis Green told reporters of the 19-year-old Swede, who was the fifth overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft. While Vancouver snapped a two-game skid to improve to 1-1-0 on its four-game homestand, Chicago has dropped a pair of contests heading into the opener of a three-game trek through the Pacific Northwest. Patrick Kane extended his point streak to six games for the Blackhawks with an assist on defenseman Brent Seabrook’s 5-on-3 goal in the first period of Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss against Edmonton.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, NHL Network, WGN (Chicago), Sportsnet, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet360 (Vancouver)

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (6-3-3): Corey Crawford allowed one goal in three successive starts before getting gashed for six on Saturday in a 7-3 setback at St. Louis. The two-time Stanley Cup winner missed all three contests versus Vancouver last season due to a concussion which had effects that lingered for nearly 10 months, and he is not interested in talking about that anymore. “Is there a point?” Crawford asked Tuesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s done. It’s over. It’s almost a year ago. It’s way, way past now, and I don’t really care, to be honest.”

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (7-6-0): Forward Brandon Sutter is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a separated shoulder sustained during the second period of Monday’s game versus the Wild. While Green elected against getting into specifics and said that Sutter’s recovery time would not be days but “more like weeks,” Vancouver recalled forwards Darren Archibald and Brendan Gaunce from Utica of the American Hockey League. Archibald scored a goal in Thursday’s tilt versus Arizona in his lone Canucks appearance this season and is expected to contribute on the penalty kill.

OVERTIME

1. Chicago C Marcus Kruger (team-leading 14 penalty minutes) did not skate with any of the four lines during Tuesday’s practice and is likely to be a scratch versus Vancouver.

2. The Canucks outscored the Blackhawks 14-6 en route to winning all three games last season.

3. Kane, who has collected six goals and four assists during his point streak, has failed to dent the scoresheet on just one occasion in 12 games this season.

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NHL Playoffs

Western Conference Preview

The NHL Playoffs begin tonight, so Fanpicks is here to bring you all you need to know with our Western Conference Preview.

With four exciting matchups, the defending Stanley Cup champions, and seven hungry teams, it’s sure to be a thrilling ride!
NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Preview

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(1) Dallas Stars (50-23-7-2, 109 pts) vs. (WC) Minnesota Wild (38-33-9-2, 87 pts)

In the wild, wild West, the top-seeded Dallas Stars face the Minnesota Wild. It marks the first time the Stars, who relocated to Dallas from Minnesota in 1993, will face the Wild in the post-season.

The Stars come in blazing, having won nine of their last 11 while overcoming injuries to key forwards Tyler Seguin (Achilles tendon) and Patrick Eaves (lower body).

The Wild closed their own season out by losing their last five games, and though one can try to claim their minds were already on the playoffs… losing five in a row of anything in’t good. It begins to affect you, and they’ve already gone through a mid-season coaching change, so the psyche isn’t necessarily strong in that locker room.

To make matters worse, the club recently announced that offensive catalyst Zach Parise is dealing with a back issue and is out indefinitely. Thomas Vanek (18 goals) and Eric Haula (14) are also injured.

 

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(2) St. Louis Blues (49-24-5-4, 107 pts) vs. (3) Chicago Blackhawks (47-26-7-2, 103 pts)

The first series in the Western Conference to get underway features a pair of long-time division rivals. The Central division’s St. Louis Blues facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. It marks the 12th meeting between the two franchises, with Chicago leading the all-time series 8-4.

The Blues may have been the team nobody wanted to play against the most as the season wound to a finale. So, it’s a good thing Chicago probably has the best roster in the West.

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews,  Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook form a core that have already brought three Stanley Cups to Chicago in the last six years. So, even though the Blues are trending upwards they will certainly have their hands full.

 

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(1) Anaheim Ducks (46-25-7-4, 103 pts) vs. (WC) Nashville Predators (41-27-12-2, 96 pts)

The Ducks’ victory capped an impressive run that began immediately following the NHL’s Christmas break. Anaheim opened the season 1-7-2 and was 12-15-6 following a 3-2 overtime loss at the Rangers on Dec. 22.

Starting with a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on Dec. 27, the Ducks closed the season 34-10-5.

Their run was just enough to catch California rivals the LA Kings and snatch the division crown away.

Offensive leaders Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were under fire early on, as Getzlaf didn’t score for the first 14 games of the season, and didn’t collect his first even-strength goal until February 4, 2016…Game number 49. But the duo ended-up finishing 1-2 in team scoring with 63, and 62 points respectively.

While youngin’ Filip Forsberg is an offensive dynamo( 33 goals, 64 points), Nashville’s strength lies in their defensive core. Shea Weber is the biggest name of the bunch, but D-partner Roman Josi (61 points) had the better season and should be a Norris candidate himself. Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis are no slouches either, which is why the club felt comfortable in dealing away potential franchise defenseman Seth Jones for star center Ryan Johansen who had fallen out of favour in Columbus.

John Gibson is young, but a proven big-game performer at all levels so he may get the majority of the starts, but Frederik Andersen has been in this position before.

Pekka Rinne had an off-season for his standards, so the jury is out on whether or not he’ll turn things around when it matters most.

The Ducks and Predators will meet for the first time in the playoffs.

 

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(2) Los Angeles Kings (48-28-3-3, 102 pts) vs. (3) San Jose Sharks (46-30-3-3, 98 pts)

The Kings will face the Sharks for the fourth time. The Kings have won two of three series including a first-round matchup in 2014, when Los Angeles became the NHL’s fourth team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.

Anze Kopitar is perhaps the league’s best centerman, as he dominates every aspect of the game with relative ease. He will be supported offensively by a streaking Jeff Carter, who has six goals in his last eight games, and a slew of talented vets.

Defensively, Drew Doughty is the Norris Trophy (league’s top D-man) favorite, and gets even better in the playoffs.

Goalie Jonathan Quick is probably the NHL’s best playoff goaltender, and set a personal career-high with his 40 victories this season.

Los Angeles squandered a chance to clinch the Pacific Division following a 4-3 shootout loss to Winnipeg on Saturday in which the Kings blew a 3-0 lead.

The last game of the regular reason maybe not seem important to clinched teams, but if the Kings can’t hold off the Jets up 3-0…there is serious reason for concern.

Joe Thornton had his best season since 2009-10 keading the Sharks with 82 points in 82 games.  More often than not, he was busy setting up captain Joe Pavelski (38 goals ) and defenseman Brent Burns (27 goals, 75 points).

Martin Jones proved to be a fruitful acquisition for San Jose this year, but has only 57 minutes of playoff experience under his belt (no starts), compared to Jonathan Quick’s 4684 and pair of Stanley Cup rings.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks

NHL Fantasy Preview

The Vancouver Canucks will be hosting the Chicago Blackhawks this Sunday evening at the Rogers Arena. This NHL Fantasy preview is brought to you by FanPicks and WIN up to a $1 million with only $1 when you play in our NHL Magic Million promo contest at FanPicks.com

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The Chicago Blackhawks are in a position where 1 point against the Canucks will let them clinch a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth. This could be their 8th straight trip to the playoffs and are more concerned about not finding themselves in a wild-card spot. They currently trail the Dallas Stars and the St-Louis Blues by 6 pts in the Central Division while being 2 pts ahead of the 4th place Nashville Predators. They’re coming into this game off a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. They still have a few injuries’ to cop with including their star goalie Corey Crawford, who’s not going to be present during the Blackhawks’ 4 game road trip.

 

The Vancouver Canucks where eliminated from the playoffs when they got smoked by the St-Louis Blues on Friday night 4-0. The Canucks will simply try to focus on improving their game and input from younger players since the remainder of the season doesn’t mean muc. They’ve been fighting against injuries and irregularities in their lineup. They’ve been going through a very tough time, having lost now 7 straight games including 4 shutout losses in their past 5 games. Daniel Sedin, who leads the Canucks with 27 goals, its highest total since his 30 goal campaign of 2011-2012, has only scored once in during the last 7 games.

 

HERE are the Projected Lineups:

 

BLACKHAWKS

 

Andrew Ladd – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa

Artemi Panarin – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane

Tomas Fleischmann – Teuvo Teravainen – Dale Weise

Andrew Desjardins – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw

 

CANUCKS

 

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Jannik Hansen

Sven Baertschi – Bo Horvat – Emerson Etem

Chris Higgins – Linden Vey – Jake Virtanen

Jared McCann – Brendan Gaunce – Alexandre Burrows

 

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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.

Starting Lineup

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)

Scores Prediction: Chicago 3-2

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NHL Sunday Night Preview, Picks & DFS Advice

Last night, we debuted with our Saturday night NHL preview and suggested DFS picks to earn you some big bucks. Today we’ll do the same in honour of a couple of solid games for a Sunday night. I will breakdown the matchups and hopefully, give you some good daily fantasy advice.

Montreal Canadiens (23-18-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (30-13-4) (7 pm)

While I did mention that leaders like Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty had to score last night to give the Canadiens a chance, it still wasn’t enough. Both veterans came through with goals, but Montreal dropped another one last night. This time in dramatic OT fashion to the St. Louis Blues. Since their epic collapse began, they have continued to find ways to implode rather than make plays when the moment calls…

The Blackhawks on the other hand, are gunning for their 11th straight win, which includes a 2-1 victory versus these same Habs this past Thursday. Patrick Kane scored his first career regular-season hat-trick Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs and has just been an absolute terror for goaltenders this season (28 goals, 67 points in 47 games).

Advice: If you’re going to play any Habs, Pacioretty is a streaky scorer…and PK Subban has points in four straight. Plekanec has four points over his last four games. Kane is expensive, but it could be worth the investment. Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov get to ride shotgun and are the likely beneficiaries of Kane’s dominance. Corey Crawford was superb on Thursday, and with a group of tired Habs he may not be tested too often.

Philadelphia Flyers (19-15-8) at Detroit Red Wings (23-14-7) (7:30 pm)

The season hasn’t been all that they hoped for in Philly, but the Flyers were on a four-game winning streak prior to suffering a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. Their better players are playing better hockey for them, but a matchup with a pretty even opponent will show us how good the Flyers really are.

We knew there was going to be changes in Detroit. Mike Babcock, the league’s premier coach bolted for big money just north of the boarder, and a influx of youth has resulted in inconsistent results. The good news is, that youth is very promising…and exciting. Michigan native, Dylan Larkin is heading to the All-Star game as a rookie and fans love the way they skate.

Advice: Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux, Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar are all hot. Could be alot of goals in this one, multiple skaters isn’t a bad thing.

 

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Fantasy Hockey: 30 NHL teams in 30 Minutes

With the 2015-2016 National Hockey League (NHL) season set to get underway on Wednesday, October 7th 2015.  It is high time we offer our daily fantasy sports (DFS) managers a brief look into what we are anticipating to see on the ice this year.

Will the New York Rangers repeat as President’s Trophy winners?  Will the Edmonton Oilers end their post season drought?  Will the Detroit Red Wings see their incredible 24 straight year playoff participation end?  Will the Calgary Flames prove to be more than last season’s flash in the pan?

These are but a few of the riveting story-lines and sub-plots that fantasy hockey managers will have to weave through during this year’s cash draft contests.  There are more storylines than there are teams this year, and as such the laymen will have a wondrous time watching it all play out.  But the fantasy hockey manager has to look at it another way, the fantasy hockey manager has to be proactive, not knowing the fantasy sports landscape is the difference between winning, placing or being out of the money.

With that being said, here are 30 thoughts for the 30 hockey clubs in NHL:

Western Conference

Central Division:

St-Louis Blues:

The Blues have been the pre-season darlings recently.  Darlings in that pundits have been picking them to go deep in the post season.  Alas that has not been the case when the pucks hit the ice.  The Blues have performed well, but not well enough to lay claim to the cup.  What we expect to see from a fantasy hockey perspective come the 2015-2016 season is the continued emergence of Vladimir Trarasenko.  This gifted forward is “money” in the bank and will surely reward cash draft managers with a flood of points.  We also expect to see center-man David Backes return to an elite form.  If the price is right, Backes should be on your team.

Nashville Predators:

The 2014-2015 season marked the emergence of Filip Forsberg, for the better part of the year, Forsberg seem a lock to earn the Calder trophy, and unfortunately a cold streak toward the end of the season saw that dream fade.  The return of Rinne brought some much needed stability to the Preds.  We see the Predators continuing to show their faces in the spring dance, however we do foresee Forsberg taking a step back with the marked attention he will receive.  We will say that Rinne will be a good money value pick during the daily fantasy sports season.

Chicago Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks, reigning Stanley Cup champions and winners of the ultimate prize 3 of the last 5 years were forced to jettison some keep pieces this offseason due to cap concerns.  This will surely affect the team, we do of course see the Hawks making the post season but we do not believe that it is a given.  As far as fantasy hockey managers are concerned, we will say that we expect Marian Hossa to pay-off during cash draft leagues as we do foresee Duncan Keith continuing to excel on the blue line.  We expect high point totals from newly resigned Brent Seabrook and we believe that he will be excellent value.

Minnesota Wild:

The Wild finished last season with a total of 100 points and made the playoffs on the back of giant tender Devan Dubnyk.  But the Cinderella story ended there.  With names like Pomminville, Koivu, Vanek, Parise and Suter on the club expectations are high for the Wild.  However we will refrain from anointing them playoff contenders until we will Dubnyk excel for a full season.  That being said, in the world of Fantasy Hockey, we do see big offensive years from Koivu and Pomminville, 2 players who will likely come cheap early on in daily fantasy sports action and thus are 2 picks that should appear on your cash draft contests.

Winnipeg Jets:

The Jets made the post season last year much to the delight of its fans, however they drew the unfortunate straw that had them facing the Anaheim Ducks.  They lost thje series, but iun no way looked out-classed, they looked right at home in the playoffs, a tad wet behind the ears, but they looked good.  We expect to see the same from the Jets, and yes that means another post season participation.  In the fantasy hockey daily fantasy sports world, we do expect young center Mark Scheifele to have a break out season.  He will come cheap and will be a great value pick.

Dallas Stars:

The Dallas Stars were on the outside looking in on the playoffs last season despite boasting the Art Ross trophy (leader in regular season points) winner, Jamie Benn and a scorching (until he was injured) Tyler Seguin.  While we will stop short of anointing them a playoff position, we will say that both Seguin and Benn, along with Jason Spezza will be offering fantasy hockey managers fantastic returns on their investments.  On the Blue line we also expect a very big year (points wise) from Alex Gologoski.  The Stars can make or break your cash draft contests if the player costs are right.

Colorado Avalanche:

Coach Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche did not make the Stanley Cup post season in 2014-2015.  While neither Roy (as a coach) nor Nathan Mackinnon are rookies any longer, we cannot, with good conscience pencil the Avs in the post season.  Until there goaltending is set for the long term future, we will not be seeing Roy’s boys in the playoffs.  What we will say is that we do expect to see Mackinnon bounce back from his sophomore slump and take the Avs offense by the jugular.  We do expect the young center-man to lead his club in points and be a huge reurn on fantasy hockey managers investments.  We also expect young Dman Nikita Zadorov to have a worthwhile daily fantasy sports cash draft contest season.

Pacific Division:

Anaheim Ducks: COMING SOON

Vancouver Canucks: COMING SOON

Calgary Flames: COMING SOON

Los Angeles Kings: COMING SOON

San Jose Sharks: COMING SOON

Edmonton Oilers: COMING SOON

Arizona Coyotes: COMING SOON

Eastern Conference:

Metropolitan Division:

New York Rangers:

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Washington Capitals:

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New York Islanders:

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Pittsburgh Penguins:

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Columbus Blue Jackets:

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Philadelphia Flyers:

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New Jersey Devils:

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Carolina Hurricanes:

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Atlantic Division:

Montreal Canadiens:

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Tampa Bay Lightning:

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Detroit Red Wings:

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Ottawa Senators:

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Boston Bruins:

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Florida Panthers:

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Toronto Maple Leafs:

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Buffalo Sabres:

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/15/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

The Chicago Blackhawks are one win away from an NHL Stanley Cup following their win in Game 5 against the Lightning. The Blackhawks are home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday June 15th for Game 6 with a 3-2 lead in this best of seven series. Hockey fantasy draft managers can tune to NBC at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Lightning has lost the past two games of these NHL Finals by scoring a total of one goal in each of the two games. The disappointing part for Tampa Bay is they got good goaltending in these defeats by allowing just two goals to the Blackhawks in those games.

In their three losses during the NHL Finals the Lightning was held each time to just one goal. The games have been very tight with each of them decided by just a single goal. The Tampa Bay starting goaltender Ben Bishop returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing Game 4 due to a lower body injury.

1 day fantasy sportsTampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson has had a disappointing NHL Finals with a goal and an assist for a total of two points in the five games. He has had just one shot on goal in four of the five games. This has been an NHL Finals where the superstars have been contained and the supporting cast stepping up with big goals for their team.

Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov has been held without a point in two straight games. Kucherov had to leave Game 5 as he injured his neck by running into the goal post. He has been listed as day to day for Game 6. Media reports have Kucherov condition improving on Sunday and its possible he could start on Monday night.

Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat has been quieted by the Chicago Blackhawks this series. Palat has just a single point in the NHL Finals and that was a Game 3 goal. He had his chances on Saturday with four shots on goal.

Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman after two assists in Game 2 and 3 has been held without points in his past two games. Hedman had no shots on net in Saturday’s loss. Anton Stralman dished out an assist on Saturday and it was his first points in his past three games. Stralman has two assists in this series.

Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie: Ben Bishop is 13-10 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.18 and 92% save percentage. Media reports have circulated that Bishop has been bothered by a groin problem that forced him to miss Game 4. He saved 27 of 29 shots on Saturday. Bishop has allowed two goals or fewer in four of the five games of this series.

1 day fantasy footballChicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews with 21 points in the playoffs is tied for most in the playoffs for his the club. Toews had an assist in Game 5 and that is now a point in each of the past two games.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane is tied with Toews for most points in the post season with 21. Kane was held scoreless once again on Saturday in these NHL Finals as he has just one point in the five games.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith has 21 points but just two assists in the five NHL Finals games. Brent Seabrook has now gone three games without a point in this series. Seabrook had a goal in Game 2 and it’s his only points of the NHL Finals.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford is 12-6 in the postseason with a goal against average of 2.22 and 93.6% save percentage. Crawford turned away 31 of the 32 shots he faced in Game 5. In the three wins for Chicago, Corey Crawford allowed just one goal in each of those games. Crawford has allowed one goal to Tampa Bay in each of his past two games.

NHL Finals Cash League Fantasy Hockey Picks

C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Ondrej Palat (Lightning)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Victor Hedman (Lightning)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/13/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The 2015 NHL Finals will go at least six games as the series is tied at 2-2 following the results of Chicago’s 2-1 victory at home on Wednesday. Game 5 will be played in Tampa Bay on Saturday June 13th and NHL fantasy draft managers can tune to NBC TV at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters.

Each game of these Stanley Cup Finals has been decided by one goal and there has been no empty net goal up to this point of the series. Chicago has been held to two goals in three of the four games. The highest scoring team in the NHL is the Tampa Bay Lightning and in their two defeats thus far in the series they were held to one goal each time.

On the injury front NHL fantasy league participants better keep an eye on the status of the Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop. He was forced to miss Game 5 with what has been described by media reports as a lower body injury. Some have speculated that it is a groin problem.

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Chicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews broke his slump in these NHL Finals as he produced a goal in Game 4 on Wednesday. He has a goal and an assist in the four games. Toews had five goals in the final four games of the Anaheim series in the Western conference finals after going without a goal in five straight.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 21 points in the playoffs. He finally got in the scoring column of these NHL Finals with an assist in Game 4. Kane has gone five games without scoring a goal.

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Patrick Sharp had an assist on Wednesday for two points in the NHL Finals. He has just two points in his past six games and has gone 13 games without scoring a goal.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith is tied for second on the club in scoring with 20 points in the postseason. Keith has two assists in four games against Tampa Bay in the Finals. Brent Seabrook has seven goals and four assists in the playoffs. He had a goal in Game 2 last Saturday and it is his only points in this series.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford is 11-6 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.50 and 91.8% save percentage. He got the win in Game 4 as he turned away 24 of the 25 Lightning shots on his net.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Center: Leading scorer Tyler Johnson has a goal and an assist in the four games of the NHL Finals. The 24 year old struggled a bit in the Rangers series. He has just one goal over his past eight games.

Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov is second on the club with 22 points in the postseason. He had a goal and assist in Game 2 and one assist since. Kucherov has had opportunities with seven shots over his past two games.

Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat has just one point in the four games of this series. The Johnson line has been defended well by the Blackhawks. Palat had a goal in Game 3 at Chicago. He has been held to one shot per contest in three of the four games of this series.

Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman leads the defensemen with 14 points in the playoffs. He produced two assists in Game 2 and Game 3. Anton Stralman has no points in the past three games. He assisted on a goal in Game 1 on June 3rd.

Tampa Bay Goalie: Ben Bishop is 13-9 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.19 and 91.9% save percentage. Bishop is day to day and the morning skate on Saturday should provide more answers. Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy is 1-1 in four appearances in the playoffs with a goal against average of 3.19 and 89.5% save percentage. Vasilevskiy started in Game 4 and allowed two goals in the 19 shots he faced.

Best Fantasy Picks NHL Finals Cash Leagues

C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Ondrej Palat (Lightning)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Victor Hedman (Lightning)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/10/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSGame 4 of the NHL Finals are on tap for Wednesday June 10th as the Chicago Blackhawks will be the home team facing the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fantasy hockey owners can tune to NBC Sports Network at 8PM Eastern Time from Chicago to follow the results of their real money cash league rosters.

After dropping Game 1 the Tampa Bay Lightning has responded with victories in Game 2 and 3 of this best of seven series. They have scored a total of seven goals over the past two games and were able to score big third period goals in the process. Each game has been decided by one goal and was tied sometime during the third period as well.

The pressure is on the big stars for the Blackhawks who have been mostly quiet thus far. The Chicago big guns in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been held without a goal in this series. They have combined for just one point and that coming by way of an assist. Defenseman Duncan Keith though without a goal for Chicago has contributed with two assists in the three games. The NHL fantasy draft value still sits with the Blackhawks because they have the benefit of setting the final substitutions on face-offs as they are the home team.

1 day fantasy footballTampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson still holds the top spot for the Lighting for points in the playoffs at 23. He has 13 goals and 10 assists. He has points in two straight with a goal in Game 2 and an assist in Game 3.

Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov has three points in his past two games. After a goal and assist in Game 2, Kucherov assisted on a goal in Game 3. He is second on the club with 22 playoff points.

Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat had a huge tying goal in Game 3 in the third period for the Lightning that negated a lead for the Blackhawks in a critical point. It took Palat just 13 seconds to answer a Chicago goal by Brandon Saad early in the third. He has 16 points in the post season.

Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman has had a hand in four goals in his past two games with four assists. Hedman had assists on two goals in Game 2 and Game 3. He has 14 points in the playoffs. Anton Stralman had an assist in Game 1 but has gone scoreless since.

Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie: Ben Bishop is 13-9 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.19 and 92% save percentage. He was forced to miss the final nine minutes of Game 2 with a knee injury. Bishop played in Game 3 and made saves on 36 of the 38 shots he faced.

1 day fantasy sportsChicago Blackhawks Center: NHL fantasy value for Jonathan Toews as he has posted nine goals and ten assists for 19 points in the playoffs. The Blackhawks are at home so they get the last line change on face-offs. He is due with no goals and one assist in the first three games of this series.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane after three huge assists in Game 7 in the win at Anaheim has generated no points in the first three games of the NHL Finals.

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Veteran Patrick Sharp continues his scoring slump with no goals and an assist in his past five games. He has been on the negative side with his plus minus in both the Western Conference Finals and NHL Finals.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: With two assists in the first three games against Tampa Bay, Duncan Keith co-leads the club with 20 playoff points. He has two goals and eighteen assists. Brent Seabrook has a single goal in the first three games of the NHL Finals.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford is 10-6 in the postseason with a goal against average of 2.59 and 91% save percentage. Crawford saved 29 of 32 shots in Game 3.

NHL Finals Best One Day League Fantasy Picks

C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Ondrej Palat (Lightning)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/8/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSThe NHL Finals are moving to Chicago for Game 3 when the Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Check out the up to the minute results of your fantasy league team on Monday June 8th at 8PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network for live TV of this playoff game.

Tampa Bay Lightning Fantasy value was high for Game 2 as the team was facing a deficit of 0-1 after failing to nurse a 1-0 lead late. The Lightning gave up two goals late losing 2-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL Finals opener.

The postgame comments from Game 1 gave clues to mock draft managers as the Lightning played away from their style and failed to add on the insurance goals. Tampa Bay flashed their top rated offense from the regular season in Game 2 as the team broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and made a 4-3 lead stand up to even the series at 1-1 as it heads back to the Windy City. Three Tampa Bay centers sit in the top four in the club in scoring.

1 day fantasy footballTampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson broke a slump of five games without a goal as he found the net on Saturday. Johnson leads the Lightning with 22 points in the playoffs. He was held without a point in the opener.

Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov has come up huge in the later rounds for his team in these playoffs. Kucherov after going without a point in Game 1 rebounds with a goal and an assist on Saturday. With 21 points he is now second on the club in scoring.

Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat was not able to join the party on Saturday as he was held scoreless despite skating on the Tyler Johnson line. He had a huge goal in Game 7 against the New York Rangers back on May 29th. Palat has just two points over his past five games.

Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman contributed offensively in Game 2 as he dished out two assists for two points. This broke a streak of five games without a point for the Tampa Bay defenseman. Hedman has a goal and 11 assists for 12 points in the playoffs. Anton Stralman was scoreless on Saturday after dishing an assist for a point in Game 1. Stralman has a goal and seven assists for eight points in the postseason.

Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie: Ben Bishop is 12-9 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.20 and 91.8% save percentage. He allowed three goals in the 24 shots on his net in Game 2. With over nine minutes remaining in Game 2 Bishop left with a knee injury and is listed as day to day.

1 day fantasy sportsChicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews dished out an assist in Game 2 and now has nine goals with ten assists for 19 points in the postseason. Toews was scoreless in Game 1 but had two monster goals in the seventh and deciding game at Anaheim on May 30th in the Western conference final. At home with the last line change there is NHL mock draft value on Toews and his linemates.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane leads his club with 20 playoff points as he has scored ten goals and dished out ten assists. He has gone without a point in the first two games of the NHL Finals. At home the Blackhawks will have the benefit of setting up more favorable matchups for their top lines so keep that in mind when setting up NHL fantasy rosters for Game 3.

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Teuvo Teravainen has two goals and an assist in the first two games of these NHL Finals. He has nine points in the playoffs with five of them coming in his past five games.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith is second on the club in the playoffs with 19 points. He has a plus minus of +13 in the postseason. Keith was held without a point in Game 2 which broke a string of five straight games with a point. Brent Seabrook had a goal on Saturday as he has seven goals with four assists for 11 playoff points. Seabrook has four goals over his past six games.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford is 10-5 in the postseason with a goal against average of 2.56 and 91.6% save percentage. In the NHL Finals Crawford has allowed five goals in the 47 shots he faced.

NHL How to Pick Fantasy League Rosters

C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Ondrej Palat (Lightning)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/6/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTS

The NHL Finals resume on Saturday June 6th with Game 2 of the playoff series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning. Hockey fantasy draft managers can tune to NBC at 7:15PM Eastern Time from Tampa Bay to follow the results of their rosters.

The Blackhawks are up 1-0 in this series after a come from behind 2-1 road victory against the Lightning in Game 1 on Wednesday night. It marked the first time in this year’s playoffs that Tampa Bay failed to hold a lead after two periods. The goals scored by Chicago weren’t by the headline stars of the team. But Duncan Keith with an assist was not to be denied in the scoring in this one. It was a good night for Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen who scored a goal and dished an assist in the game. He played a role in every goal of Game 1 for Chicago. Center Antoine Vermette had the other goal for Chicago.

Tampa Bay the top scoring team in the league for the regular season has now been held to two goals or fewer in four of their past five playoff games. Center Tyler Johnson who has a great playoff this year for Tampa Bay has now gone five games without scoring a goal.

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Chicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in the postseason. He was one of the heroes of the Blackhawks Game 7 victory against the Anaheim Ducks with two clutch goals. He was held scoreless like most of the top players on Chicago in Game 1. He had five goals and two assists in the Western conference finals.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane leads the team with 20 points in the playoffs. He has netted ten goals and posted ten assists. He is on the Toews line and assisted on three goals in Game 7 against Anaheim.

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Patrick Sharp has 12 points in the playoffs with four goals and eight assists. Sharp has gone without a point in the playoffs over his past three games. The Chicago left winger has extended his streak of no goals to ten games following Game 1 of the Finals.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith has once again saved his best work for the playoffs. He is second on the club with 17 points in the postseason with two goals and 17 assists. With his assist on Wednesday Keith has points in now five straight. Brent Seabrook with his assist in Game 1 of the Finals has now ten points in the playoffs with four goals and six assists. He had three goals and one assist in the Duck’s series.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford in his 15 appearances in the playoffs has a record of 10-4 with one no decision in a relief appearance for Scott Darling. His goal against average is 2.46 and Crawford has a 92% save percentage. He saved 22 of 23 shots in Game 1.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson has led the club in scoring with 21 points. He has 12 goals and 9 assists thus far in the postseason. He has just three assists for three points total over his past five games. Down 0-1 the Lightning may look to quicken the pace and try to play to their strengths. That would help fantasy draft managers who have Tyler Johnson and the rest of his line on their rosters.

Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov has netted nine goals and dished out ten assists for 19 points total in the playoffs. After posting two goals in Game 6 against the Rangers he is since been scoreless.

Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat has 15 points in the playoffs with seven goals and eight assists. He has just two points over his past five games.

Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman has ten points with a goal and nine assists in the playoffs. He has been held without a point now in five straight games. Anton Stralman posted an assist in Game 1 and has points in three of his past four playoff games.

Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender: Ben Bishop is 12-9 in his 21 playoff games this year. His goal against average is just 2.14 and has saved nearly 92% of the shots he has faced. In Game 1 two goals got by Bishop in the 21 shots he faced.

NHL Finals Best Fantasy League Picks

C: Tyler Johnson (Lightning)
RW: Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)
LW: Ondrej Palat (Lightning)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks)
G: Ben Bishop (Lightning)

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/3/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSThe NHL Finals will pit the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning battling for the Stanley Cup. NHL fantasy mock draft managers can tune to NBC TV at 8PM Eastern Time for the telecast of Game 1 on Wednesday June 3rd from Tampa Bay to follow the results of their rosters.

The Chicago Blackhawks were in a difficult spot in the Western conference after a 5-4 road overtime defeat to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 to fall behind 3-2 in their best of seven series. Facing elimination for the first time in the playoffs the Blackhawks offense carried the team to five goals in regulation in both Game 6 and Game 7 to eliminate the Ducks. The Blackhawks have scored four goals or greater in 9 of their past 12 playoff games. Their fantasy stud defensemen in Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are involved in the offense and have played heavy minutes in the playoffs.

The Tampa Bay Lightning was the highest scoring team in the NHL during the regular season. The team needed seven games to eliminate the New York Rangers. They have won three straight road games in the playoffs. Tampa Bay displayed defense in Game 5 and Game 7 in their series at Madison Square Garden in New York as Lightning goalie Ben Bishop posted shutouts in each of these two huge playoff games. A concern for Tampa Bay has been their past two defensive efforts at home as in Game 4 and Game 6 the Lightning surrendered five goals and seven goals in those contests resulting in losses in each.

1 day fantasy sportsChicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews is tied for second with the team in scoring with nine goals and nine assists for a total of 18 points. Toews was huge in Game 7 against the Ducks with two goals. Toews has five goals over his past five playoff games.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane leads the club with 20 points as he has ten goals and ten assists in the post season. He has seven points in his past five playoff games. Kane set up three goals for the Blackhawks in Game 7 by posting three assists.

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Patrick Sharp has 12 points in the playoffs as he netted four goals and dished eight assists. He was held scoreless in Game 6 and 7 against the Ducks. Sharp last scored a goal way back in the conference semifinals in Game two against the Minnesota Wild on May 3rd.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith sits tied for second with the club with 18 points in the playoffs. He has scored two goals and given out sixteen assists. Keith was huge in Game 6 dishing three assists and he assisted on two of the Blackhawks goals in Game 7. Duncan Keith is averaging 31 ½ minutes of ice time per game in the post season. Brent Seabrook sees heavy work as well as the logs an average of 26 ½ minutes of ice time in the playoffs. Seabrook has six goals and four assists in the playoffs for ten points. He has scored single goals in three of his past four games.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford is 9-4 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.56 and 92% save percentage. The offense has carried Crawford in the conference finals as he allowed an average of three goals in the seven games.

1 day fantasy sportsTampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson led the club with 21 points with 12 goals and 9 assists. After four goals in the first three games of the Rangers series Johnson was held without a goal the rest of the way. That was the trend in the Montreal series as Johnson did his damage early.

Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov has posted nine goals and ten assists for 19 points. He posted three goals and five assists in the Rangers series. He came up huge in a Game 6 series clincher against Montreal in the conference semifinals with two goals and one assist in a 4-1 win.

Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat had a big goal in the Lightning’s 2-0 win in Game 7 at the New York Rangers. He has posted seven goals and eight assists in the post season.

Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman leads the unit with ten points with one goal and nine assists. He has had a quiet four games with no points in Game’s 4-7. Anton Stralman has two assists over his past three games. Stralman has seven points in the playoffs with a goal and six assists.

Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie: Ben Bishop is 12-8 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.15 and 92% save percentage. Bishop was inconsistent in the East finals by allowing five goals three times in that series and saving just 90% of the shots he faced. Bishop registered shutouts in clutch spots in Game 5 and 7 at the New York Rangers.

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C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Ondrej Palat (Lightning)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)

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