Blackhawks: Three Tampa Bay Lightning players to keep an eye on tonight

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Andrei Vasilevskiy #88
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Andrei Vasilevskiy

Vasilevskiy looked like a brick wall in the net for the Lightning during game one. Obviously, the Blackhawks will have a hard enough time against this team, but even if the Lightning chose to pull Vasilevskiy and go with a sixth skater, I do not think the Blackhawks would stand a chance.

Like Chicago in the bubble last summer, we need to see some bounces go the Blackhawks way tonight. Tips, net-front battles, and just all around clogging up the front of the net is the only way the Blackhawks are going to score a goal. While one-timers and breakaways are great, Vasilevskiy is a brick wall.

Chicago managed to get one goal past Vasilevskiy during their first game, but it was a fluke goal from Dylan Strome, who was trying to center the puck from behind the net. Those are the types of goals the Blackhawks need to have against such a great team like Tampa, and hopefully, they will find a few more.

Even more important, Patrick Kane needs to take charge and score a goal this game. Once a team puts in one goal, the pressure might go down for this roster, so hopefully Kane and company can put one past Vasilevskiy early.

"The Blackhawks season is more than just one bad game"

Many expect Andrei Vasilevskiy to play a good percentage of the games this season for the Lightning, considering there are very few back-to-back games throughout this shortened season. Well, if that is the case, hopefully, the ‘Hawks can do their best to shake his confidence before embarking on the next batch of games on their schedule.