1/21/16 Free Expert Hockey Predictions Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Starting Goalies
- Chicago Blackhawks -> Corey Crawford
Crawford was the first goalie off the ice after the morning skate, which is usually a good indicator that he’s starting. He has a 2.14 goals against average and .931 save percentage in 39 contests in 2015-16
Crawford is 10-6 with a 2.85 goals against average on the road, while vs the Lightning he is 2-3 with a 1.53 goals against average in his career
- Tampa Bay Lightning -> Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop stopped 26 of 27 shots in Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Bishop collected his third straight victory in the process. The 29-year-old has an 18-13-3 record with a 1.97 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage this season.
Bishop is 10-9 with a 1.99 goals against average at home, while vs the Blackhawks in his career he has gone 3-2 with a 2.75 goals against average
Blackhawks vs Lightning Preview
Last season’s Stanley Cup Final participants stand as the NHL’s two hottest teams entering Thursday night’s marquee matchup, with the Blackhawks on a franchise-record 12-game run and the resurgent Lightning vying for a seventh consecutive win.
No surprise with Patrick Kane picking up where he left off last season, the Hawks rank 4th overall in scoring, netting 2.9 goals per game, while converting on 22.3% of their power play chances, which ranks an amazingly 3rd. On defense they are also 4th in goals allowed, giving up 2.3 goals per game and 10th in penalty kill at 82.1%.
In the 2014-2015 season the Bolts ranked 8th overall in scoring and for much of this year they have been in the bottom 3rd overall in scoring, but during their win streak they have put up 4.0 goals per game and have risen to 11th in the league in scoring at 2.7 goals per game.
Defensively they are solid with their pretty above average defense and stellar goaltending, ranking 8th overall in goals allowed at 2.3 goals per game, while allowing teams to convert on 19.6% of their power play chances, which ranks 16th.
Money Line Odds:
- Chicago: (-110)
- Tampa Bay: (-110)
Game Total Odds:
- Over 5 (-135)
- Under 5 (+115)
Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Picks Tonight 1/21/16
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