The Tampa Bay Lightning are returning home to Amalie Arena in hopes of forcing a Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche, who are trying to prevent a meltdown. Will the Bolts strike again in Game 6? Or will the Avs raise the Stanley Cup again at least this Sunday night? Check out our preview of this Lightning vs. Avs 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals game below.
Betting Preview for the Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 on June 26, 2022
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa
When: Sunday, June 26, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Colorado Avalanche (-1.5)
Regular Season Record: 56-19-7
The Avs can’t lose their confidence after their 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 at home. They still have a guaranteed home game for a potential Game 7, but of course, the Avalanche want to have a championship parade in their return to Colorado after Game 6 instead of another game. Despite the loss to the Lightning last Friday, Colorado is still seemingly still getting what it wants in terms of puck control. The Avs outshot Tampa Bay once again in Game 5 in even-strength situations to continue their dominance in that area. So far in the series, Colorado has a 5-on-5 57.91 CF% and 59.28 xGF%. Cale Makar and Valeri Nichushkin are ripping apart Tampa Bay’s defense with excellent playmaking. Makar had 2 points in Game 5, while Nichushkin has 4 goals and 2 assists so far in the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals.
The Avs are 8-1 in their last 9 road games.
Betting on the Tampa Bay Lightning (+1.5)
Regular Season Record: 51-23-8
The Lightning are just so difficult to eliminate. With Andrei Vasilevskiy putting together an excellent performance in front of the net in Game 5 and with some timely penalty calls going in Tampa Bay’s favor, the Bolts are still alive, with a chance to tie the series all up at home this Sunday. In Game 5, the Lightning weathered Colorado’s net attacks with Vasilevskiy’s goaltending. The Russian goaltender stopped 35 of 37 shots. Tampa Bay’s offense, meanwhile, got a boost from Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat, who scored the final two goals of the game, respectively. With the win, the Lightning have become just the second team in NHL history to win at least four elimination games in a row by the thinnest of margins.
The Lightning are 8-3 in their last 11 games after a win.
The Lightning win, 2-1.
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