The Chicago Blackhawks normally travel to the West Coast around Thanksgiving, but with the circus trip no longer happening the Hawks make their way to the Sunshine state to kick off a two game road trip starting with the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on National TV.
The Chicago Blackhawks are sporting a modest two game winning streak which includes a win at Pittsburgh against the Stanley Cup defending Penguins. There offense and powerplay have seemed to have taken steps in the right direction which will be needed tonight.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the best team in the NHL right now, and they seem to be able to score at will. They finally have a healthy Steven Stamkos back in their lineup which is something they lacked last season when they barely missed the playoffs.
The Lightning are young, fast, and fearless, and they can easily embarrass any team in the NHL if you don’t bring your A Game to the rink that night.
The Chicago Blackhawks A Game involves mainly Corey Crawford who is putting up career best numbers yet still not getting any respect from around the NHL. Crawford will need to be sharp for the Hawks to skate away with a victory tonight.
The Chicago Blackhawks lines don’t look to be any different than what they have been during their current two game winning streak.
The one player that really needs to step up is Patrick Sharp. He has 2 goals and 2 assists with a -9 through the first 20 games which to me is unacceptable, and a true sign that it’s time to move on from #10.
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Here is the listings for tonight’s game from Tampa
TV Listings-NBCSCH, NBCSN
Radio Listings– WGN Radio
Live Streaming–NBC Live Extra
Radio Live Stream-WGN Radio App
It’s been so long since the Hawks played I don’t even remember what my prediction for the Penguins game was so let’s move on to tonight’s game.
Final Score Prediction
With both teams having four days off before the game, I expect the first period to be pretty rough to watch. The Hawks never play good down there except you know Games #1 & #5 of the Stanley Cup Final so expect Crawford to hold the fort down as long as possible before breaking in a 4-2 Lightning win.
Three Stars Prediction
#3 Star- Patrick Kane– 1 Goal 1 Assist
#2 Star- Steven Stamkos-1 Goal 1 Assist
#1 Star- Tyler Johnson-2 Goals
What is your prediction for tonight’s game?