Back 'Under' with NHL Picks as Blackhawks-Lightning Game 2 Should Mirror Game 1

David Lawrence

Friday, June 5, 2015 12:33 AM GMT

Friday, Jun. 5, 2015 12:33 AM GMT

The Tampa Bay Lightning were favored at home in Game 1 and for almost three periods, they were in great shape. Then they fell asleep for a couple of minutes, allowed a couple of goals and coughed up home-ice advantage. Can they bounce back on the NHL lines in Game 2?

How The Opening Line For Game 2 Will Look
If you’re wondering what the opening line for Game 2 will look, don’t expect it to be much different than what we saw in Game 1. That’s simply how playoff series work. Unless something dramatic happens in between games or there is an injury of some sort, then the lines are mostly copy-past from game to game as long as the venue doesn’t change. That means we’ll likely see Tampa Bay in the -130 to -135 neighborhood for Game 2, which is where they were in Game 1.

 

How Will Game 2 Move?
This is a tough one to call as the general opinion should be that Tampa Bay will find a way to win Game 2. Even though it’s only the second game of the Stanley Cup final, it’s pretty clear that if Tampa Bay loses this contest, they are done. There won’t be any type of a comeback with three of the next four games in Chicago.

Still, I don’t expect a ton of line movement. The Lightning should be a little bit shaken after Game 1 as they are probably feeling like they don’t have the answers right now. It looks like the Blackhawks destiny to win the Stanley Cup and Tampa Bay is just 5-6 at home these playoffs. Yes, they are in a must win situation but that doesn’t mean that they will win. Do you really want to lay all of that juice with them? Bettors will second guess their favorite status and likely wonder if the Blackhawks can make it two in a row.

 

What’s The Way To Bet Game 2?
This is a tricky game to bet as logic says that the Lightning should bounce back. However, Chicago is getting stronger by the day and Tampa Bay hasn’t played well at home. They SHOULD win but I’d much rather invest in them if this game was a PICK. As a medium-sized favorite, it makes it tough to Tampa Bay in this spot.

At the same time, while Chicago should win, it’s worth noting that their big guns did very little in Game 1 and had it not been for a couple of late seeing-eye shots, the Blackhawks would probably be down 1-0. Also, sometimes road teams aren’t as hungry in Game 2 when they’ve already accomplished what they came for: a split and to steal home-ice advantage.

That’s why it might be better to look at the total for Game 2. I like the under in this spot as we should see another tight, low-scoring affair. Both goaltenders looked fairly crisp in Game 1 and they both will set the tone again for Game 2. Go under with your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Under at GT Bets

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