There are at most three games remaining in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals and at least two. NHL playoff odds makers are still pushing the Chicago Blackhawks as favorites over the Tampa Bay Lightning. But barely. The Lightning are -1.5 goal favorites on the NHL puck-line ahead of Saturday’s Game 5 at Amalie Arena, yet the series money line is still in Chicago’s favor at 10/13 over Tampa Bay’s 11/10.
Chicago is bleeding post-season experience as they are gunning for their third Stanley Cup in 6 years. Throw in their notable 41-14 record in Games 4 through 7 dating back to 2009 and I can see why the odds makers are favoring the bearded ones from the Windy City.
Chicago Blackhawks Vs Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Odds, Pick & How To Watch
Event: Stanley Cup Final Game 5
Matchup: Chicago Blackhawks V Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: June. 8, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
Stadium: Amalie Arena
TV Info: NBC
Spread: Chicago +105 vs Tampa Bay +125
Game Total: 5
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Radio: Chicago vs Tampa Bay
The Chicago Blackhawks Can Beat Tampa Bay In Game 5 If
Chicago can continue to play amazing defense
Make no mistake, even though Chicago beat Tampa Bay 2 to 1 this past Wednesday night, the Blackhawks’ win was all about the defense. The 2 to 1 goal differential was just a question of which stout defensive team was going to fold first. Can you pick Chicago to bet on over Tampa Bay if the Blackhawks use the same game-plan?
If Chicago doesn’t play the same type of defense on Saturday, the Blackhawks will find themselves down 3 to 2. Goalie Corey Crawford made 25 saves in Game 4. He made 32 saves in Game 3.What it says is that the Blackhawks tightened up the D and kept the Lightning from pounding Crawford with shot after shot. Crawford is going to have to continue to play at a high level and the Blackhawks are going to have to defend at an even higher level in order to win this game versus the Lightning on Saturday.
— NHL (@NHL) June 12, 2015
— NHL (@NHL) June 12, 2015
The Tampa Bay Lightning Cam Beat Chicago In Game 5 If
Tampa Bay can get better shots on goal
Chicago really tightened its defense in Game 4. Tampa played excellent defense as well. Backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy only allowed 2 goals. He didn’t play that badly. There are a couple of technical things that he could do better. He needs to find a way to prevent from coming off of his body and legs so much. He needs to sit on more pucks, prevent the bounce back momentum. He also needs to move side to side a bit quicker.
Can you pick Tampa Bay to bet on over Chicago if Ben Bishop doesn’t start Game 5?
Tampa needs to help Vasilevskiy by working for better shots on goal. Don’t get me wrong, Crawford made some awesome saves, but the key to Tampa in Game 5 is to get cleaner shots or at least better bounce back shots. The Lightning too often shot the puck straight and true and right into Crawford. He’s too good of a goalie to let those slide. If the Lightning wish to win Game 5, they need more quality shots, not necessarily more overall shots.