Lightning at Blackhawks - 6/8/15 Game Three Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (63-33-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (61-33-7)
NHL Hockey: Monday, June 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -148 / Tampa Bay Lightning +138 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks meet Monday night in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to regain home ice advantage with a victory. The Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have scored 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 13 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 11 assists and Alex Killorn has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Ben Bishop has allowed 47 goals on 570 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up four goals on 38 shots.
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The Chicago Blackhawks look to take advantage of this series with a victory. The Blackhawks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have scored three power play goals in their last three games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 10 goals, Jonathan Toews has 10 assists and Brent Seabrook has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Scott Darling has allowed 11 goals on 171 shots faced and Corey Crawford 42 goals on 502 shots.
The Lightning are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 11-4 in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blackhawks are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 93-41 in their last 134 home games. The Lightning are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Chicago and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings overall.
The Lightning seem to be a better team on the road than at home. When you add that to the fact both of the first two games could have gone either way, I'm taking Tampa Bay and the plus money. I don't have a great feel for this game, which is why I'm avoiding the chalk.