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NHL Game 5: Blackhawks vs. Lightning betting preview

Blackhawks vs. Lightning Game 5 Betting Preview

NHL Stanley Cup Series: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
(Series Tied at 2-2)

Start Time: Saturday, July 13th 2015 at 8:00pm ET
Arena: Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
TV: CBC, NBC & TVA

THE 2015 NHL Stanley Cup has now come down to a best-of-three series.

All four games have been decided by one goal – Chicago won the opener (2-1), Tampa Bay took the next two games (4-3 and 3-2) and the Blackhawks just won the last match-up (2-1). Every single game has come down to the wire, but there has been no overtime yet.

The series heads back to the Amalie Arena in Tampa for game 5 on Saturday night.

Blackhawks at Lightning money line, puck line and over/under odds

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I have no interest in the puck line – chances are we’ll have another one goal game and I’m not paying -305 to bet the Blackhawks at +1.5 goals on the puck line. Not much separates these teams on the money line, while the under is juiced up in the goal total market.

Injury news

We still don’t know if Ben Bishop will be ready to play on Saturday, but Andrei Vasilevskiy has been playing great anyways. Either way – the Lightning will be fine in net. Johnny Oduya is healthy for Chicago, while Jonathan Drouin is back in the line-up for TB.

Drouin played in the series for the first time in game 4 and he struggled. Oduya was questionable heading into game 4 of the series, but he played over 25 minutes, which was the second most on the team. It’s safe to say that Oduya is good to go.

Series leaders

Brian Saad (CHI), Cedric Paquette (TB) and Alex Killorn (TB) have all netted two goals apiece as well in the series.

Who have been the biggest disappointments so far in the series?

Steven Stamkos (1 Assists) and Patrick Kane (1 Assists) have both had trouble getting anything going. Easily the best players on their respective teams – it’s only a matter of time before one of these superstars have a monster game.

Will the Lightning or Blackhawks take the lead in the NHL Stanley Cup series?

I’m betting on the Lightning to win at home and take control of the series this weekend.

Tampa Bay have been getting production from their top three lines all series, even with Stamkos struggling. If it wasn’t for the great play of Teravainen – the Blackhawks would basically be relying on their first line, as the 2nd line has been bad.

Kane and Brad Richards can’t get anything going, as the Lightning are doing a great job taking away space for them to operate. I have been impressed with TB’s depth all season and it’ll shine through more as the series continues to progress.

Three of four games have stayed under 5.5 goals – only game 2 went over that total (7 Goals).

You may overlook the -145 odds, but that isn’t too rich, considering the way the series has played out. The stars on both teams are struggling to get going and the role players aren’t going to break out and score a bunch of goals.

Expect a gritty, hard-hitting game, that’ll likely end 2-1 for the third time.

NHL Stanley Cup game 5 prop bets

Tampa Bay opened the scoring in the first three games, while the Blackhawks scored first in game 4. The Lightning have scored in the 1st period in every game except the last one as well. Chances are Tampa Bay will open up the scoring again in game 5.

At -130 odds there’s plenty of value on this line and I feel confident recommending this wager.

You can bet on the Blackhawks team total at multiple betting sites. The prop is actually “2 or less goals”, but that’s the exact same as under 2.5 goals anyways. The odds are -132 and the market is only for the 60 minutes (OT not included).

I can’t see Chicago scoring 3 or more goals in regulation time – a feat they’ve accomplished once this series. Even if the game is tied 2-2 and goes to OT, this bet will still win. Don’t pass up this Stanley Cup prop bet for game 5.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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