The top team in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning make their only appearance in Chicago during the regular season tonight when they faceoff against our Chicago Blackhawks who are in dire need of 2 points and a victory.
The Chicago Blackhawks have played 46 games with 36 games remaining this season and they are currently in last place in the Central Division and 5 points separating them from a playoff spot.
Meaning, they can’t throw away games like they did on Saturday night if they are hoping to make a run at the playoffs this season.
Their task doesn’t get any easier tonight with the Lightning in town. They did start playing good despite losing to the Lightning 3-2 in November, the game sort of kick started their winning ways at the end of November early December.
The problem with the Blackhawks has been their consistency so who knows what to really expect tonight except that Joel Quenneville will totally mess with his lineup. His lines yesterday were really out there like he’s really grasping at straws!
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It’s apparent that the Chicago Blackhawks coaching staff likes Anthony Duclair but if you ask me he doesn’t belong on the top line. If you want him on a scoring line he should be playing with Patrick Kane who could set up the speedy forward.
The real question when facing the Lightning will be the defense and the goalie situation. Jan Rutta and Gustav Forsling were so bad that Rutta will be in the pressbox and Forsling was sent to Rockford on Sunday.
Jeff Glass will be in net tonight which should make everyone cringe against an offense as potent as the Lightning. Will they be able to lock down the Lightning after giving up 7 goals to the Islanders? That is the question that is making everyone really nervous about the Chicago Blackhawks playoff chances.
Here is the listings for tonight’s game!
Game Time– 7:30pm
TV Listings– NBCSN, WGN
Radio Listings– WGN
Live Streaming– NBC Live Extra
Radio Live Streaming– WGN Radio App
My predictions Saturday night were so bad we should just delete them, but I will always keep making them so here we go!
Final Score Predictions
The only consistent thing about the Chicago Blackhawks this season is they are inconsistent so i’m thinking they find a way to win after their terrible loss on Saturday night. I’m going to say 3-2 with Jeff Glass making a 41 saves.
Three Stars Predictions
#3 Star- Steven Stamkos-1 Goal 1 Assist
#2 Star- Patrick Sharp-1 Goal 1 Assist
#1 Star- Patrick Kane– Game Winning Goal
What Are your predictions for tonight’s game?