The Chicago Blackhawks are the Stanley Cup Champions for the 2015 NHL season in the sport news and sports on the web. The Hawks defeated a very strong and youthful Tampa Bay Lightning team in six games, which just happened to be what Allsports predicted before the Stanley Cup Final began. You could verify that with Allsports previous post.
In fact, Allsports did a pretty good job in the prediction department for these Stanley Cup playoffs. There are a total of 15 Stanley Cup playoff series that take place in order to get the “Holy Grail” of Hockey into your hands. Eight in the first round, which is toughest because the teams are all so evenly matched. Then four, two and one respectively. Allsports numbers were 5 of 8, 4 of 4, 2 of 2 and one as Chicago was picked to beat Tampa in 6 games. In fact Allsports was correct in the number of games not only in the final, but in the two Conference Championships as well. These facts can all be verified if you look back through the posts for these Stanley Cup playoffs and notice the time stamps on the posts that prove the predictions were made before each Stanley Cup playoff series began. In fact Allsports usually does pretty well in the prediction department, no matter what sport is being played. So if you would like some advice on betting the odds on sports events, Allsports in available for a small fee. In total Allsports picked 12 of 15 Stanley Cup playoff series correctly, not a bad winning percentage.
But I have digressed with my blatant self-promotion, but if you don’t do it who will. So now let’s get back to what actually happened in the Stanley Cup Final. How did the Hawks persevere and get by a plucky, skilled Tampa team that was the highest scoring team in the league this year.
Well first Chicago was stronger down the middle, winning better than 60% of the face-off’s in the Stanley Cup final. This percentage grew as the series progressed. So Chicago usually started with the puck and Tampa had to chase the game. The hand injury to Tyler Johnson in game one did not help Tampa’s cause down the middle and ultimately helped Chicago. Johnson, who was leading the playoffs in scoring when the Stanley Cup final began, became ineffective after the hand injury.
Next, Chicago’s third and fourth line guys outplayed Tampa’s, this is usually the case for any win in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Finally Tampa had no answer for the Blackhawks Duncan Keith. Keith played about 31 minutes a game, had 21 points in the playoffs and was the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He recorded 715:37 minutes of ice time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The fourth player to do so in NHL history.
It was Chicago’s third Championship in six years. Some might call that a dynasty by todays salary cap standards. And that’s the sports news and sports on the web or the way I see it anyway.
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