That Tampa Bay Blitz and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Ball Arena in Denver. The Avalanche lead the series 1-0. Puck Drop is set for 8:00 PM ET (ABC/ESPN+). Below we look at those Lightning vs. Avalanche Stanley Cup Final 2 Odds and Linesand meet our expert NHL tips, predictions and bets.
The Avalanche won Wednesday’s opener 4-3 at home thanks to LW Andre Burakovskys overtime target.
The Lightning fell into a 3-1 hole after 20 minutes but rebounded by two goals Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev within 48 seconds in the 2nd period. However G Andrei Vasilevsky was beaten by Burakovsky at 1:23 OT to suffer the setback.
The Avalanche, who scored 3 goals in the first 17:31, are trying to protect the home ice and go 2-0 ahead in the series. They are 10-1 in their last 11 games when playing on two rest days.
Lightning at Avalanche odds and lines
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- money line: Blitz +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Avalanche -155 (bet $155 to win $100)
- Against the Spread (ATS): Lightning +1.5 (-210) | Avalanche -1.5 (+160)
- Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (T: +110 | B: -135)
Lightning at Avalanche projected gatekeepers
Andrei Vasilevsky (12-6-0, 2.36 GAA, 0.926 SV%, 1 SO – Postseason) vs. Darcy Kuemper (7-2-0, 2.68 GAA, 0.895 SV% – Postseason)
Vasilevskiy had a difficult start in Game 1, scoring 3 goals in the 1st period. He was perfect for the rest of the regulations but allowed Burakovsky’s goal to take the L early in OT. He and the Flash are 1-3 in series openings in this playoff.
Kuemper, who sat out the last 3 games of the Western Conference Finals, was returning from an upper-body injury and didn’t look like he missed a shot. Sure, he conceded 3 goals on 23 shots, but he really only had about a minute of shaky play. He has conceded 3 or fewer goals in 10 of his 11 postseason appearances.
Lightning on Avalanche picks and predictions
Lightning 4, avalanche 2
That LIGHTNING (+125) We’re little dogs out in Game 2, but we all know Vasilevskiy and the two-time defending champion are bouncing back well after losing in the playoffs. In fact, Tampa Bay is 19-1 after losing their last 20 playoff games. That only loss came in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers.
The Avalanche barely got by in Game 1, but they got the job done. Now that Vasilevskiy is reorienting himself after a difficult first half, he should make the difference in Game 2.
against the spread
The Lightning +1.5 (-210) costs 2.1x your potential return. That’s too much risk for not enough reward if you want insurance. Just play Tampa Bay directly.
That UNDER 6.5 (-135) is the game.
Vasilevskiy has a under-2.00 GAA in his last 20 playoff games after losing, and Kuemper has scored 3 or fewer goals in 10 of his 11 postseason appearances. Expect more defense in this second game in Denver.
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