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.
Tampa 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.
Chicago 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.
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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)