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