Avalanche vs Lightning series odds

Feb 10, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) pokes the puck away from Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) in the first period at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

  • The Colorado Avalanche are -190 favorites to win the Stanley Cup final over the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Two-time defending Cup champs Tampa Bay have won 11 playoff series in a row
  • All of the Avalanche vs Lightning series odds, picks, predictions and best bets are assessed in the following story

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions but it’s the Colorado Avalanche who are the pick to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup final.

Colorado is opening as the -190 favorites in the Stanley Cup final odds. The Avs have been favored to win since the opening Stanley Cup odds were first posted in July of 2021.

Avalanche vs Lightning Series Odds

Team Moneyline
Colorado Avalanche -190
Tampa Bay Lightning +160

Odds as of June 11th at Caesars Sportsbook. See Caesars Sportsbook promo codes.

 

 

Game 1 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final series is set for 8 pm ET on Wednesday, June 15 at Ball Arena. ABC is carrying the broadcast, while CBC will provide the action to Canadian viewers.

Colorado  vs Tampa Bay Betting Trends

Tampa Bay is the first club to reach three Stanley Cup finals in successions since the Edmonton Oilers (1983-85). No NHL team has won three in a row since the New York Islanders won four straight Cups from 1980-83. The Lightning have won 11 playoff series in succession.

Colorado has never trailed in any series this spring. Tampa Bay was facing elimination down 3-2 to Toronto in the first round and were trailing 2-0 to the New York Rangers before rattling off four straight victories. The Lightning are 7-1 at home in the postseason, with seven straight victories. Colorado is 7-0 on the road in the playoffs.

Tampa Bay’s current roster has a combined 204 games of Stanley Cup Final experience, led by forward Pat Maroon (18).

Avalanche vs Lightning 2021-22 Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
10/23/2021 Tampa Bay 3 Colorado 4 (SO) COL COL Over
2/10/2022 Colorado 3 Tampa Bay 2 COL TB Under

The Avalanche won both regular-season meetings. Each game was decided by one goal. Tampa Bay forward Corey Perry (Dallas 2020, Montreal 2021) is the second player in NHL history to play with three different teams in three successive Stanley Cup finals.

Colorado is in the Cup final for the first time since 2001. The Avs have won both of their previous Cup final appearances. Tampa Bay is 3-1 in previous Cup final series.

Key Injuries a Factor for Both Teams

The Avalanche will definitely be without defenseman Samuel Girard (broken sternum). Center Nazem Kadri (finger surgery) and winger Andrew Cogliano (hand surgery) are uncertain starters. Goalie Darcy Kuemper (upper-body injury) has been cleared to play.

Tampa Bay has been without top goal scorer Brayden Point (lower-body injury) since the opening playoff round. However, he’s resumed skating and came close to playing in Game 6 against the Rangers.

Lightning vs Avalanche Series Pick

This series has all the makings of a compelling set that could go the distance. Both sides are loaded with all the qualities necessary to win a Stanley Cup.

Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman is a past Norris Trophy winner. Colorado defenseman Cale Makar is the favorite in this season’s Norris Trophy odds. The Lightning also suit up Vezina (Vasilevskiy), Conn Smythe (Vasilevskiy, Nikita Kucherov), Hart (Kucherov), Art Ross (Kucherov) and Rocket Richard (Steven Stamkos) Trophy winners.

Avalanche vs Lightning 2022 Stanley Cup Final Schedule

Date Home-Away Game Time Broadcast
June 15 Tampa Bay at Colorado 8 pm ET ABC, CBC
June 18 Tampa Bay at Colorado 8 pm ET ABC, CBC
June 20 Colorado at Tampa Bay 8 pm ET ABC, CBC
June 22 Colorado at Tampa Bay 8 pm ET ABC, CBC
June 24 Tampa Bay at Colorado* 8 pm ET ABC, CBC
June 26 Colorado at Tampa Bay* 8 pm ET ABC, CBC
June 28 Tampa Bay at Colorado* 8 pm ET ABC, CBC

* If necessary,

Colorado might not have the same amount of hardware in the club’s trophy case but in Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landskog and Mikko Rantanen, the Avs are also loaded with talent. They also have a slight edge in depth and that could be the difference-maker in a long series.

Pick: Colorado Avalanche (-190)

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