Lightning appear to be in good position heading in to Game 4. However, If the NHL betting line is too tough to handicap, have a look at these three props that should cash in.
Total Ben Bishop Saves: Over Or Under 29.5
On one hand, you figure that with the Blackhawks really needing the win in Game 4, they are going to throw everything they have at Bishop. While that’s likely true, the other factor here is that the over has only cashed once in Bishop’s last eight playoff starts. That over came in Game 3 when the Blackhawks fired 38 pucks at Bishop and he only allowed two goals.
There are a number of factors that could lead this to change. If Chicago gets a lead, they might sit back a little bit. There’s also the issue of Bishop being potentially hurt; who knows if he lasts the entire game, although he probably should. And Chicago has averaged 32.2 shots per game this postseason while scoring 3.19 goals per game, so if you’re just playing the averages, that’s under the number.
I look for Chicago to find a way to score at least a few goals in this one and if they do, we might see something like 30 shots and 27 saves. That should keep Bishop under the number.
Pick: Under -115 at Bovada
Will Brandon Saad Have More Points That Alex Killorn?
Saad only has nine points in the playoffs but he’s really come on after a slow start. He had just three points after his first 12 playoff games but he has six in his last seven. He’s proven to be a real catalyst for the Blackhawks and they are going to need him. In a similar spot in Game 4 of the conference finals, when the Blackhawks were at home and were trailing 2-1 in the series, Saad came through with a goal and two assists. I expect a strong effort out of him.
As for Killorn, he has had a good playoffs but has just two points in his last six games. The Lightning’s top line has been shut down so far in the Stanley Cup final and I look for that to continue in Game 4.
Pick: Saad +155
Will Tyler Johnson Score Two Or More Points In Game 4?
Johnson has had a fantastic postseason but seeing him get a multi-point game doesn’t appear to be likely. For starters, the Blackhawks are going to be sharp on defense as they really need this win. Secondly, Johnson has been fairly quiet in the Stanley Cup final and he’s only had one multi-point game in his last seven outings.
I expect this to be a low-scoring game, which means it’ll be tough for any of the Lightning members to get multiple points.