Game 1 odds between Lightning and Avalanche: Moneyline, over/under for the first game of the Stanley Cup Final
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado avalanche will play game 1 of 2022 Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, June 15 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. Tampa Bay advanced to the Finals for the third straight year after defeating the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals 4-2. Colorado advanced to the Finals, their first since 2001, after a four-game sweep of the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Finals
Lightning vs Avalanche Game 1 odds (from DraftKings Sportsbook)
puck line: Lightning +1.5 (-190); Avalanche -1.5 (+160)
More less: More than 6 (-120); Under 6 (+100)
Moneyline: Lightning +135; Avalanche-155
Colorado won both regular season games, a 4-3 shootout win at Amalie Arena on Oct. 23 and a 3-2 victory at Ball Arena on Feb. 10. exchanges and have reshuffled their six midfield forwards since the last game. The game in Denver featured one of the most exciting first spells in hockey I’ve seen all season, with both teams flying on the ice and creating exciting chances.
Expect the pace to slow in the final. Tampa Bay has found a structure that has previously frustrated offensive powerhouses like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers and will attempt to impose a similar strategy on the explosive Avalanche.
Colorado has tons of offensive punch. Nathan MacKinnon (11 G, 7 A), Gabe Landeskog (8 G, 9 A) and Nazem Kadri (6 G, 8 A) put the puck in the net. Defender Cale Makar (5 G, 17 A) and forward Mikko Rantanen (5 G, 12 A) are the playmakers who put them together.
Tampa Bay’s offensive numbers are lower, but the Lightning counter with an elite goaltender in Andrei Vasilevskiy. Colorado has yet to face a top goalie this postseason. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Game 1 score remained under the goal tally.
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