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
|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.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 12, 2022
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
|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.
Jon Cooper says Brayden Point is “extremely probable” to play in the final, although he’s not sure about Game 1
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 12, 2022
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.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 12, 2022
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
|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)
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.