Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/13/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
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.
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.
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.
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C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Ondrej Palat (Lightning)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Victor Hedman (Lightning)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)