Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, Pick and Preview, Jun 15 (6/15): NHL

Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, Pick and Preview, Jun 15 (6/15): NHL

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Odds

Time 8:00 p.m. EST
Lightning money line +140
Lightning spread +1.5 (-200)
Avalanche money line -165
Avalanche spread -1.5 (+170)
Over / under 6
 

2021-2022 season stats

  Tampa Bay Lightning Colorado Avalanche
Record 63-36 68-28
Road / home record 29-21 37-11
Streak W4 W5
Goals per game 3.48 3.76
Goals allowed per game 2.78 2.83
Shots per game 30.9 35.0
Shots allowed per game 29.8 32.0
PP % 23.9% 24.00%
PK % 18.83% 20.88%
Over / under record 50-47-2 51-40-5

 

Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche will meet at the Ball Arena in Colorado to play the Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Lightning get here after beating the New York Rangers in 6 games while the Avalanche swept the Oilers in the Western Conference Finals. These teams met twice in the regular season and the Avs won both games.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning have won 4 games in a row and are 29-21 on the road with a 63-36 record overall ranking 3rd in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning are 22-7-3 against Western conference rivals. Tampa Bay have a +58 scoring differential, with 230 total goals scored and 241 given up.

Steven Stamkos has scored 42 goals with 64 assists for the Lightning. Corey Perry has 3 goals and 3 assists over the past 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Lightning are 8-2, averaging 2.9 goals, 5.5 assists, 4.8 penalties and 13.1 penalty minutes while giving up 1.7 goals per game.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado have won 5 games in a row and are 37-11 at home. They have 68-28 overall record ranking 1st in the Central Division. The Avalanche are 22-8-2 against Eastern conference rivals. Colorado averages 8.8 penalty minutes per game, the ninth-most in the Western Conference and have gone 57-4-4 when scoring three or more goals.

Mikko Rantanen has 36 goals and 56 assists for the Avalanche. Lehkonen has 4 goals and 5 assists over the last 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Avalanche are 8-2, averaging 4.4 goals, 6.3 assists, four penalties and 10.2 penalty minutes while giving up3.1 goals per game.

BETTING TRENDS

Tampa Bay are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games against Colorado.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games against Tampa Bay.

Colorado are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games at home.

Prediction

The current Champions and the #1 team in the West will meet in the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals. The Avalanche are the favorites and with good reasons they have been outstanding this year and have lost only 11 games at home. They also beat the Lightning twice in the regular season and I believe they will take the first of the series. They are 64-24-8 as favorites while Tampa is only 8-9-2 as underdogs. Should be a close game but the home team have the advantage. Take the Avs.

PICK: Avalanche ML (-165)

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