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Stanley Cup Final Game 4 Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Start Time, Betting Odds

Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final takes place tonight as the Tampa Bay Lightning are on the road to play the Chicago Blackhawks yet again. 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.

The Chicago Blackhawks have won all four Game 4's this post season, now they have to find a way to get it done yet again. Chicago had a 2-1 lead in the third period in Game 3, only to see Tampa Bay score a few seconds later and ultimately earn the game-winner with just over three minuted left in the contest.

Chciago shouldn't panic, though. The Blackhawks were able to earn the first victory of the Final down in Florida on enemy ice, so they have to be confident they can do it again. Winning tonight, though, is imperative for the potential moving forward in this series. Tampa Bay was the best team in hockey during the regular season on their own ice, but they've been pedestrian there during the post season.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop wasn't sure he'd get the start in that game, after getting pulled twice in Game 3, but he was rock solid. The Lightning goaltender stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced and looked very strong in between the pipes. He's going to get the nod again tonight against a Blackhawks team that will certainly look to put the puck past him and tally up goals.

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford didn't play bad, either. In fact he was probably good enough for the Blackhawks to win, but they find themselves in a tough spot now. 

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have to find a way into the score column. Joel Quenneville is shaking the lineups up a bit, hoping to generate some type of offense among some of his starts. It hasn't worked yet, but expect Kane to get a lot of looks tonight at Bishop and the net. The Blackhawks need to find a way to get the job done in this one, or it'll be a very tough rest of the series.

Free Pick: Chicago

Movie Betting and Winning in the WNBA

According to pro handicapper Steve Fezzik, you don't even need to watch WNBA games to successfully bet the sport. He tells fellow handicapper Teddy Covers that the sportsbooks simply don't spend enough time setting good lines on the sport, so just following injury reports, like the one with top player Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, will tell you what you need to know. Yes, the betting limits for WNBA are low, but the bright side to that is the wise guys leave WNBA alone, giving smaller stakes bettors more opportunities to succeed.