Blackhawks at Lightning - 6/6/15 Game Two Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (61-32-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (62-33-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 7:15 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -130 / Chicago Blackhawks +120 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning play game two of the Stanley Cup Finals Saturday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to really take control of this series by stealing both road games. The Blackhawks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring at least three goals. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 10 goals, Duncan Keith has 17 assists and Jonathan Toews has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Scott Darling has allowed 11 goals on 171 shots faced and Corey Crawford has given up 38 goals on 478 shots.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning need a win to get back in this series. The Lightning are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have two power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals. Tyler Johnson leads Tampa Bay with 12 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 10 assists and Alex Killorn has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed four goals on 33 shots faced and Ben Bishop has given up 44 goals on 546 shots.
The Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 Stanley Cup Finals games and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Lightning are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 37-15 in their last 52 home games. The Blackhawks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Lightning outplayed the Blackhawks for about 55 minutes in game one. Tampa Bay also knows that this is a must-win game if it has any hope of winning this series. I have to go with the Lightning here.