Lightning vs. Avalanche odds, prediction: 2022 Stanley Cup Final picks, Game 2 bets from expert on 135-71 run

The Colorado Avalanche can take a 2-0 lead in the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 at the Ball Arena in Denver on Saturday night. In Game 1 on Wednesday, the Avalanche drew first blood with a 4-3 overtime win after Andre Burakovsky’s game-winning goal 1:23 into overtime. The loss dropped the Lightnings, who are aiming to become the first team in the NHL to win three straight Stanley Cups in nearly four decades, to 5-5 away in the postseason.

The opening face-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. Colorado is the -150 favorite (risk $150 to win $100) in the latest Avalanche vs. Lightning odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Tampa Bay is a +130 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored is six. Before you hit Lightning vs. Avalanche tips, check out SportsLine’s Matt Severance’s NHL predictions.

Severance is a well-connected writer and handicapper who has worked in the industry since 2005. He’s SportsLine’s top NHL handicapper, going 135-71-4 in his last 210 NHL picks and returning well over $2,800 for $100 players. Whoever followed him is way up.

Now he has his sights set on Avs vs. Lightning. You can visit SportsLine now to see their selection. Here are the NHL odds and betting trends for Lightning vs. Avs:

  • Lightning vs. Avalanche moneyline: Colorado -150, Tampa Bay +130
  • Lightning vs. Avalanche Over-Under: 6 goals
  • Lightning vs. Avalanche Puck Line: Colorado -1.5 (+170)
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  • COL: Avalanche is second in the NHL by power play (31.3) in the playoffs.
  • TB: Lightning has gone 19-1 for the last three seasons after losing in the postseason.

Featured Game | Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Why the Avalanche can win

Colorado comes out on top in special teams in this series. In Game 1, the Avalanche went 1-3 on the power play, killing all three Tampa Bay penalties. In the playoffs, Colorado ranks second in the NHL on power play (31.3 percent), while the Lightning are eighth (21.5).

In addition, Colorado’s second line played well against Tampa Bay. JT Compher, Andre Burakovsky and Mikko Rantanen beat the Lightning 15-5 when they hit the ice five-a-side, including a 6-1 lead in scoring chances. That includes Burakovsky’s game winner in overtime.

Why the Flash can win

Tampa Bay had success in Denver. The Lightning are 5-2 in their last seven games in Colorado. That includes a five-game winning streak from 2016-20 in which Tampa Bay surpassed the Avalanche 24-11.

Additionally, the Lightning have made an excellent recovery from a playoff loss. In the last three playoff runs they are 19-1 after a defeat. This postseason alone they are 3-1 after one loss.

How to do Lightning vs Avalanche picks

Severance has analyzed Lightning vs. Avalanche from every angle and bends over the overall result. He’s also found a critical X-factor that makes him jump all over the money line. You only get the choice at SportsLine.

Who Will Win Lightning vs. Avalanche in Game 2 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals? And what critical x-factor makes a side hit hard? Head over to SportsLine now to see which side of the Avalanche vs. Lightning moneyline you should jump on, all from the expert who wrecked his NHL picks, and find out.

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