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