Blackhawks at Lightning - 6/3/15 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (60-32-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (62-32-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -110 / Chicago Blackhawks +100 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning play game one of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to steal home ice with a victory here. The Blackhawks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 14 goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 10 goals, Jonathan Toews has nine assists and Brandon Saad has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.9 goals and have allowed a power play goal in three of their last six games. Scott Darling has allowed 11 goals on 171 shots faced and Corey Crawford has given up 37 goals on 455 shots.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look to set the tone of the series with a victory. The Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals 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 12 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 10 assists and Steven Stamkos has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Ben Bishop has allowed 42 goals on 525 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up four goals on 33 shots.
The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 6-2 in their last 8 Stanley Cup Finals games. The Lightning are 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 37-14 in their last 51 home games. The Blackhawks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings overall.
With both teams rested up, I give the slight edge to the home team. Besides, Tampa Bay has gotten the best of the Blackhawks lately and I like its offense to break out in this game. Look for Tampa Bay to strike first blood in this series.