2022 Stanley Cup Final betting preview

June 15, 2022 11:03 AM
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The 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs have provided hockey fans with great theatre and the final act will define a decade of hockey. The stage is set for an unbelievable series between the two best teams in the league. Let's look at things from a betting perspective.

Tampa Bay Lightning (+ 150) vs. Colorado Avalanche (-175)

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was asked about the Stanley Cup Final matchup following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, and he said that he thought the Avalanche had the qualities of a team the Lightning would have played the last couple of years in the Final. This is the matchup a lot of hockey fans have wanted to see. 

The Lightning are the back-to-back champions, and they’re looking to become just the fourth franchise in NHL history to win three Stanley Cups in a row. Colorado, meanwhile, made it past the second round for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Tampa Bay will be able to draw on its playoff experience, but the Avalanche have learned a lot and, on paper, are the better team; that’s why Colorado is listed as the favorite (-175). However, the Florida Panthers were sizable favorites (-170) in their second-round series against the Lightning. The Lightning won that series in a sweep, and it all came down to goaltending. Andrei Vasilevskiy was brilliant, making saves on 151 of the 154 shots he faced. It wasn’t that the other goaltender (Sergei Bobrovsky) was bad, necessarily, he just couldn’t outplay Vasilevskiy.

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