Odds makers already dubbed the Chicago Blackhawks as the favorites to win the 2015 Stanley Cup over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and media experts from around the country agree.

Seventeen out of the 24 experts from USA Today, CBS Sports, and ESPN picked the Blackhawks to win their second Cup in the last three seasons and third since 2010. However, no one believes Chicago will run over the Lightning, with every expert predicting the seven-game series to last at least six games.

Both teams are coming off impressive Game 7 victories, with the Blackhawks staging a comeback from a 3-2 series deficit against the Anaheim Ducks punctuated by a 5-3 road victory. The Lightning downed the President’s Trophy-winning New York Rangers with a decisive 2-0 shutout, and own home ice throughout the Cup Finals.

However when it comes to home ice Chicago holds a distinct advantage. The Blackhawks are 7-1 at home during the postseason, compared to the Lightning’s 5-6 mark.

Half of the experts picked Chicago to win it all in six games, by far the most common prediction, with another five projecting a Blackhawks' series victory in seven games.

The seven experts to predict an upset by the Lightning evidently believe they’ll need the full seven games to oust Chicago.

The two sides will drop the first puck in Game 1 Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.

Expert Picks

Kevin Allen, USA Today

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

Peter Barzilai, USA Today

Prediction: Lightning in 7

Mike Brehm, USA Today

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

Jimmy Hascup, USA Today

Prediction: Lightning in 7

Hemal Jhaveri, USA Today

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

Kristen Shilton, USA Today

Prediction: Blackhawks in 7

Adam Gretz, CBS Sports

Prediction: Blackhawks in 7

Chris Peters, CBS Sports

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

John Buccigross, ESPN

Prediction: Lightning in 7

Scott Burnside, ESPN

Prediction: Lightning in 7

Craig Custance, ESPN

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

Sarah Goldstein, ESPN

Prediction: Blackhawks in 7

Paul Grant, ESPN

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

Tim Kavanagh, ESPN

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

Pierre LeBrun, ESPN

Prediction: Blackhawks in 7

Steve Levy, ESPN

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

Joe McDonald, ESPN

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

Barry Melrose, ESPN

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

Scott Powers, ESPN

Prediction: Blackhawks in 7

Caitlin Strang, ESPN

Prediction: Lightning in 7

Kevin McGran, Toronto Star

Prediction: Lightning in 7

Bobby Ilich, International Business Times

Prediction: Lightning in 7

Greg Price, International Business Times

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

Anthony Riccobono, International Business Times

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6