The Colorado Avalanche drew first blood in the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning with Wednesday night”s 4-3 home overtime win. Colorado will look to extend its advantage against Bolts in Game 2 Saturday evening. Puck drops at 8:00 p.m. ET at Ball Arena in Denver.
Can the Avalanche build on their pivotal opening win and take a 2-0 lead to Tampa Bay, or will the two-time defending champions bounce back and even the series?
Lightning vs Avalanche Overview
NHL Series Prices
It’s good to have an overview of the NHL series prices before placing any wagers, as it provides context for all the other betting online markets trading on the Stanley Cup final.
Before Game 2
- Colorado Avalanche -270
- Tampa Bay Lightning +230
The Final opened with the Avalanche favored to win, and after a triumphant start to the series, the Avs have seen their odds improve substantially.
Colorado moved from -175 (ahead of Game 1) to -270 with BetUS. At the same time, the Lightning’s odds went from +155 to +230.
Colorado has taken Game 1 in this series, but that’s not the be all and end all. The Lightning have a chance to bounce back and take away Colorado’s home-ice advantage before traveling back to Tampa Bay. For that reason, a wager on the two-time defending champions at the tempting price of +230 should be under consideration.
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning (+230)
Lightning vs Avalanche Prop Bets
Prop Bet 1: Stamkos To Score First Goal (+1200)
The list of players on the odds board to score the first goal is vast and spans both teams. There are plenty of good options from whom to choose, finding the winning bet akin to finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. So, never mind the fact that a crystal ball would be really handy in here.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were inches away from winning Game 1, even though they weren’t at their best. They said as much following the loss. Coach Jon Cooper even went so far as to say the “right team won” before adding “we’ve got better in us, though.”
— 2 Goalies 1 Mic (@2Goalies1Mic) June 12, 2022
Steven Stamkos had three shots on goal, including a slick tip in front of the goal that very nearly gave it to the Lightning. The team’s inspirational leader will be sorely disappointed after the loss, but will be motivated as well.
One has to consider that if the Lightning are to bounce back in the second game, Stamkos will be a key instigator of the turnaround. There’s no better way to give the Bolts the boost they need than by scoring first in the game. As such, he’s a very tempting NHL pick at +1200 to score first.
That said, he’s also available at +170 to score anytime, which might be the more sensible option to hedge.
Kucherov to Score A Goal Anytime (+170)
Another player the Lightning can count on is the charismatic Nikita Kucherov. The Russian has 24 points in the postseason (seven goals and 17 assists). Kucherov at +170 offers value in the betting, as he’ll be keen to make amends in the second game.
Nikita Kucherov has simply had enough pic.twitter.com/QYw38xXo8Z
— Andrew Weiss (@WeissHockeyTalk) June 16, 2022
Makar to Score A Goal Anytime (+250)
Colorado’s Cale Makar at +250 is another bet to consider in the market to score an anytime goal.
Makar is one of the best power-play players in the game. Makar is among the favorites to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs. He has 22 points (five goals and 17 assists) in the postseason. He hasn’t scored in this series.
Kucherov Over ½ Assists (-120)
Kucherov had an assist in Game 1, improving his tally to 17 assists in the playoffs. In so doing, he also extended his point streak to five games. Kucherov has two goals and five assists in the last five.