Colorado vs Tampa Bay: prediction for the Stanley Cup game
Colorado are having a fantastic season. They are very close to achieving the dream and winning the Stanley Cup - the team won their conference and lost only two games in the play-offs. Jared Bednar's men aren't afraid to play open hockey and average 4-5 goals per game. In the semifinal series against Edmonton, Colorado won four straight games.
Next season, the Avalanche might not get another chance to win since there will be inevitable changes to the roster.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay are the current Stanley Cup holders. This is their chance to win the third trophy. The Lightning have been very disciplined on defense in the playoffs, but at the same time they were putting pressure on their opponents by creative actions in attack. In two out of three playoffs series, Tampa lost the opening games.
Nikita Kucherov is the top scorer for the team, he has chalked up 23 points. Andrey Vasilevsky has been reliable in goal.
In 3 out of 5 games between the teams, more than one goal was scored in the first period.
Colorado scored more than 2 goals in their last 8 games.
In our opinion, Colorado are the favorites to win the final series. They are starting at home, which gives them an advantage over Tampa. The Avalanche were unstoppable against the Oilers in the semifinals and have looked confident throughout the entire season. The Lightning have been less convincing in the playoffs and just had a close battle with the Rangers. We predict a win for the hosts.
Our prediction - Colorado to win
Most of Tampa's games in the current playoffs have been low-scoring. We expect another defense-focused performanse from the Lightning and suggest taking the under.
Second bet - total under 6 goals