Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/8/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NHL Finals are moving to Chicago for Game 3 when the Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Check out the up to the minute results of your fantasy league team on Monday June 8th at 8PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network for live TV of this playoff game.
Tampa Bay Lightning Fantasy value was high for Game 2 as the team was facing a deficit of 0-1 after failing to nurse a 1-0 lead late. The Lightning gave up two goals late losing 2-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL Finals opener.
The postgame comments from Game 1 gave clues to mock draft managers as the Lightning played away from their style and failed to add on the insurance goals. Tampa Bay flashed their top rated offense from the regular season in Game 2 as the team broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and made a 4-3 lead stand up to even the series at 1-1 as it heads back to the Windy City. Three Tampa Bay centers sit in the top four in the club in scoring.
Tampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson broke a slump of five games without a goal as he found the net on Saturday. Johnson leads the Lightning with 22 points in the playoffs. He was held without a point in the opener.
Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov has come up huge in the later rounds for his team in these playoffs. Kucherov after going without a point in Game 1 rebounds with a goal and an assist on Saturday. With 21 points he is now second on the club in scoring.
Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat was not able to join the party on Saturday as he was held scoreless despite skating on the Tyler Johnson line. He had a huge goal in Game 7 against the New York Rangers back on May 29th. Palat has just two points over his past five games.
Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman contributed offensively in Game 2 as he dished out two assists for two points. This broke a streak of five games without a point for the Tampa Bay defenseman. Hedman has a goal and 11 assists for 12 points in the playoffs. Anton Stralman was scoreless on Saturday after dishing an assist for a point in Game 1. Stralman has a goal and seven assists for eight points in the postseason.
Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie: Ben Bishop is 12-9 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.20 and 91.8% save percentage. He allowed three goals in the 24 shots on his net in Game 2. With over nine minutes remaining in Game 2 Bishop left with a knee injury and is listed as day to day.
Chicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews dished out an assist in Game 2 and now has nine goals with ten assists for 19 points in the postseason. Toews was scoreless in Game 1 but had two monster goals in the seventh and deciding game at Anaheim on May 30th in the Western conference final. At home with the last line change there is NHL mock draft value on Toews and his linemates.
Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane leads his club with 20 playoff points as he has scored ten goals and dished out ten assists. He has gone without a point in the first two games of the NHL Finals. At home the Blackhawks will have the benefit of setting up more favorable matchups for their top lines so keep that in mind when setting up NHL fantasy rosters for Game 3.
Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Teuvo Teravainen has two goals and an assist in the first two games of these NHL Finals. He has nine points in the playoffs with five of them coming in his past five games.
Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith is second on the club in the playoffs with 19 points. He has a plus minus of +13 in the postseason. Keith was held without a point in Game 2 which broke a string of five straight games with a point. Brent Seabrook had a goal on Saturday as he has seven goals with four assists for 11 playoff points. Seabrook has four goals over his past six games.
Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford is 10-5 in the postseason with a goal against average of 2.56 and 91.6% save percentage. In the NHL Finals Crawford has allowed five goals in the 47 shots he faced.
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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)