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