Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jun. 16, 2022 02:00 CET
The 2022 Stanley Cup Final is very close so we are bringing you an early preview and prediction of game 1. It is a final we have all been waiting for as the back-to-back champions take on the league´s most exciting team and the main title favourites.
Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
Colorado Odds: 1.62
Tampa Bay Odds: 2.40
Total Over (6.0): 1.90
Total Under (6.0): 1.90
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At the start of the season the Avalanche were the main title favourites and now they are only four games away from their first title after 2001. They cruised past the Predators in round 1 but then encountered problems against the Blues in round 2. It took them six games to handle St. Louis so everyone thought the Oilers would give them a proper fight in the Conference Final.
It was not to be as the Avalanche showcased all of their class and dismantled Edmonton in just four games. After that emphatic win, their morale must be through the roof but can they take down the leaders and the back-to-back champions? The Avalanche have been dominant so far in the playoffs dropping only two games and averaging an impressive 4.6 goals per game which seems enough to lift the trophy and finally end Tampa´s dominance.
In addition, their sweep of the Oilers came with a price because in game 3 of that series they lost one of their main offensive contributors Nazem Kadri. His status remains questionable as his presence would be more than useful against Tampa´s shutdown defense.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 12, 2022
Tampa Bay Lightning
Most of the leading NHL experts and writers agree that Colorado should come away with the win, but the Lightning have plans of their own and have their eyes set on their third consecutive title. The Lightning are on the verge of historic success as we haven´t seen a three-peat in the NHL since the 1980s when the Islanders won four straight titles.
Tampa´s road to the final wasn´t as comfortable as Colorado´s. In round 1 they had to dig deep to beat the Maple Leafs in seven games so their sweep of the top-seeded Panthers in round 2 came as a big surprise. In the Conference Final it was a grueling six-game series against the feisty Rangers who surprisingly took a 2:0 lead. After the opening two games the Lightning looked much better and won four straight conceding only 1.2 goals per game.
The #StanleyCup Final is set! ⚡️
We’ll open the series in Denver on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/Yt1lYke6x9
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 12, 2022
Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction
The Avalanche had a much easier path to the final and played against mostly poor defensive teams. They heavily relied on their unstoppable offense and managed to win games while conceding 5 or 6 goals. If they stick to the same game plan against the best defensive team in the league they will not last long. The Avalanche have to step up defensively because defense wins championships and that is the primary reason we are backing the Lightning in this game 1 and also to win the title.
Prediction: Asian Handicap – Tampa Bay Lightning (+0.25)
Bonus prediction: To Win Series – Tampa Bay Lightning(2.55)
Date and time: 16.06.2022 02:00 CET
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