Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final takes place tonight as the Tampa Bay Lightning are on the road to play the Chicago Blackhawks. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Currently the betting odds for the game have the Blackhawks favored in a comfortable way in tonight's game.
Chicago nearly picked up a commanding 2-0 lead in this series, but still has to feel pretty solid about where they are currently. The Blackhawks won the opening game of the series after dominating the final eight minutes of the game. That play continued into the second period of Game 2 when they led the Lightning 2-1, but Tampa Bay scored two more second period goals to take the lead.
In tonight's game the Blackhawks will look to get ahead yet again, even if they don't score the first goal. Chicago's consistent pressure for the entire game is a staple for Joel Quenneville and the Blackhawks. And even if they are tied at one game apiece so far this, they have to feel good about Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane combining for just one point to this point in the series.
Steven Stamkos for the Lightning has just one point through the opening two games as well. The Cup Final is often about star power, but it's been the other guys that have been big for both teams in this series.
Tampa Bay has to figure out which goalie they're going to use as well. Ben Bishop started Game 2, but Andrei Vasilevskiy also saw time in between the pipes. Neither has officially been tabbed as the starter, yet.
Corey Crawford went through a bit of that as well, but has continued to play well for the Blackhawks. He'll come up with another big game in the net tonight to lead Chicago to the win.
Free Pick: Chicago
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