SCF Game 1 Preview: Avalanche vs. Lightning

GAME 1 SCF: COLORADO AVALANCHE (0-0) VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (0-0)

18:00 CET | BALL ARENA

CLOCK: HEIGHT | ESPN+

LISTEN: 92.5 p.m


The 2022 Stanley Cup Final between Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning begins Wednesday night with Game 1 at 6 p.m. MT at Ball Arena.

The Avalanche returned to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2001 as the organization seeks to win its third Stanley Cup. The Avs will have their hands full as they take on the two-time defending champions, the Lightning, as they seek to cement their dynasty with a third straight Stanley Cup win.


SUMMARY OF REGULAR SEASONAL MEETINGS:

The Avalanche and Lightning met twice in the regular season, but Colorado won in each of them.

The Avs picked up a 4-3 shootout away win in the first meeting of the regular season on October 23, 2021 and defeated Tampa Bay 3-2 on home ice on February 10. Gabriel Landeskog accelerated the Avalanche with two goals and three points (2G, 1A) in one game while Nathan MacKinnon also scored three points in both meetings (1G, 2A).

For Tampa Bay, Brayden Point recorded a team-high three points (2G, 1A) in the two encounters, while Ondrej Palat (2A) and Steven Stamkos (1G, 1A) had two points each.


ROAD TO THE STANLEY CUP FINALS:

Colorado defeated the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Finals to earn their first Stanley Cup appearance since 2001. The team did so with a thrilling overtime winner Arturi Lehkonen in the game 4.

The Avalanche showed their strength against the Oilers when 16 of 20 skaters scored at least one point in the four-game series and had 10 of those 16 skaters produce multipoint outs.

Kal Makar got the team up to speed with nine points (2G, 7A), including a five-point performance (1G, 4A) in the successful final Game 4 of the Avalanche. Mikko Rantanen led the team with four goals while also providing two assists.

Tampa Bay won its 11th straight playoff series after defeating the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to make its third straight playoff appearance.

Steven Stamkos, the Lightning captain, leads his team with nine goals and has 15 points (9G, 6A) in 17 games in that run. Nikita Kucherov has surpassed goals at lightning speed with 23 points (7G, 16A) in 17 games with 23 points (7G, 16A). So far during this run, Tampa Bay has benefited from receiving contributions from the entire lineup, as all but one skater scored at least one point and all but five skaters found the back of the net.

For a comprehensive look at the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals best-of-seven series click here.


BREAKDOWN OF STATISTICS: (based on regular season):

Avalanche:

Goals: 6

Power play (in regular season meetings): 11.1%

Penalty shootout (in regular season meetings): 100.0%

FOW: 49.6%

Hits: 55

Blocks: 28

Shots: 74

Lightning:

Goals: 5

Power Play (in regular season meetings): 00.0%

Penalty shootout (at regular season meetings): 88.9%

FOW: 50.4%

Hits: 61

Blocks: 34

Shots: 70


REMARKABLE:

The Avalanche made their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 2001…Cale Makar leads Colorado with 22 points (5G, 17A) in 14 games…Nathan MacKinnon has a team-high total of 11 goals and 18 points in 14 games… Darren Helm (Detroit 2008) and Andre Burakowski (Washington 2018) are the only two players on Colorado’s roster to have won the cup… Artturi Lehkonen will play in his second straight Stanley Cup final. The Finnish forward was a member of the Montreal Canadiens last season…Pierre-Edouard Bellemare spent two seasons with the Avs from 2019-2021 and is now a member of Tampa Bay…Lightning defenseman Cal Foote is the son of former Avalanche defenseman and two – Times Stanley Cup winner Adam Foote…

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