The Chicago Blackhawks will travel for Game 1 of the NHL Finals to meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in a pro hockey playoff game scheduled for Wednesday June 3rd.
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The puck will drop from Tampa Bay at 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBC TV.
The wagering odds for Game 1 have the home side Tampa Bay Lightning the -125 favorite with the return on the road underdog Chicago Blackhawks at +105 odds. The goal total is lined at five goals.
The clubs met twice this regular season with each team winning on home ice. They faced off on February 27th in Tampa Bay with the Lightning posting the 4-0 home victory as a -155 betting favorite.
Chicago qualifies for the NHL Finals following the 5-3 road win in Game 7 of the Western conference finals on Saturday to the Anaheim Ducks as a +115 betting underdog. The total went over five goals.
The Blackhawks had 26 shots on net and were 1 of 2 on the power play. They extended a 2-0 first period lead to 4-0 at 13:45 of the second period. Jonathan Toews had two goals. Patrick Kane contributed with three assists. Brent Seabrook, Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa had goals for the Blackhawks. Goalie Corey Crawford faced 38 shots and made 35 saves.
Tampa Bay advances past the Eastern conference finals with the 2-0 road win in Game 7 on May 29th to the New York Rangers as a +140 betting underdog. The goal total stayed under five goals.
The Lightning had 22 shots on net and was 0 of 2 on the power play. The game winner came at 1:54 of the third period as Alex Killorn scored with assists by Matt Carle and Valtteri Flippula. The insurance goal was scored by Ondrej Palat at 11:17 with Tyler Johnson and Ben Bishop credited with assists. Goaltender Ben Bishop turned away all 22 goals he faced.
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