Blackhawks at Lightning - 6/13/15 Game Five Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (62-34-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (64-34-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -115 / Chicago Blackhawks +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning play game five of the Stanley Cup Finals Saturday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win and a chance to win the cup on their home ice. The Blackhawks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have two power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have combined for 20 goals, Marian Hossa has 13 assists and Brandon Saad has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.8 goals 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 46 goals on 559 shots.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning need to win to avoid an elimination game on the road. The Lightning are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have one power play goal in their last four games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals. Tyler Johnson leads Tampa Bay with 13 goals, Victor Hedman has 13 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed six goals on 57 shots faced and Ben Bishop has given up 49 goals on 608 shots.
The Blackhawks are 5-2 in their last 7 Stanley Cup Finals games and 11-5 in their last 16 overall. The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 37-14 in their last 51 home games. The Blackhawks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings overall.
This is a must-win game for the Lightning, as you have to give yourself a cushion to avoid having to win on the road in Chicago with the cup on the line. Bishop on the ice or not, I expect Tampa Bay to get it done, especially considering it could have easily won game 4.