- The Colorado Avalanche are -175 home favorites to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on Friday, June 24
- A win will give the Avalanche their first Stanley Cup title since 2001
- All of the Lightning vs Avalanche picks and odds are assessed in the story below
It’s been 39 years since an NHL team won three successive Stanley Cup final series and the Colorado Avalanche seem intent on assuring that the Tampa Bay Lightning don’t change that stat.
Up 3-1 on Tampa in the best-of-seven series, Colorado can close out the set with a win on home ice in Game 5. A victory would give the Avalanche their first Stanley Cup title since 2001.
Oddsmakers think that’s how things are going to play out. Colorado is a -175 home favorite for Game 5. The Avalanche are 4-0 straight up and 3-1 against the puckline in their past four home games.
Lightning vs Avalanche Odds Game 5
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-1.5 (210)||O 6 (+100)||+150|
|Colorado Avalanche||+1.5 (-175)||U 6 (-120)||-175|
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The puck is slated to drop for Game 5 at 8:00 pm ET at Ball Arena on Friday, June 24. The broadcast is being provided by ABC in the US and by CBC in Canada. Colorado is a -1400 favorite in the Stanley Cup odds. Tampa Bay is at a betting line of +850 to win the Cup for the third year in a row.
At odds of -175, a wager on the Avalanche will deliver an implied probability of victory of 63.64%. A $10 wager on Colorado would return a payout of $15.70.
NHL betting trends are displaying that the public is expecting the Avalanche to close out the series. In the puckline, 88% of bets are on Colorado. In terms of the moneyline, 63% of bets are also backing the Avs. When it comes to the total, 63% of bets like the over.
Tampa Bay vs Colorado Recent Results
|2/10/2022||Colorado 3 Tampa Bay 2||COL||TB||Under|
|6/16/2022||Colorado 4 Tampa Bay 3 (OT)||COL||TB||Over|
|6/18/2022||Colorado 7 Tampa Bay 0||COL||COL||Over|
|6/20/2022||Tampa Bay 6 Colorado 2||TB||TB||Over|
|6/22/2022||Tampa Bay 2 Colorado 3 (OT)||COL||TB||Under|
Making his first appearance since breaking his thumb in Game 3 of the Western Conference final, Colorado center Nazem Kadri scored the Game 4 overtime winner. The Avalanche are 5-1 SU in OT games in the 2022 playoffs.
Colorado has nine come-from-behind wins. That’s one shy of the Stanley Cup record of 10 set by the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins. The Avalanche have made 15 third-period comebacks this season. Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen has eight assists in the final series. He’s riding an eight-game point streak.
Mikko Rantanen has 8⃣ 🍎 in the 2022 #StanleyCup Final, one shy of the official record for the series.
In addition, Wayne Gretzky had 10 assists in the 1988 Final, with two coming in the suspended game and thus not part of the official record.#NHLStats: https://t.co/UYiVo35xxc pic.twitter.com/rmo1lRTBZa
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 23, 2022
Special teams are crushing Tampa Bay’s hopes of rallying in this series. So far in the Stanley Cup final, the Lightning are 1-for-14 with the man advantage. At the same time, the Tampa Bay penalty killers have allowed six Colorado goals on 13 power-play attempts. Defenseman Victor Hedman’s Game 4 goal was his first for the Lightning in 15 playoff games.
Tampa Bay vs Colorado Injury Report
Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (lower-body injury) is questionable for Game 5. He left Game 4 after blocking a shot with his right knee. Forward Anthony Cirelli finished the game after suffering a skate cut to the hand. However, he was unable to take faceoffs.
Tampa Bay forward Brayden Point (lower-body injury) missed Game 4. Defenseman Brent Seabrook (shoulder) is out for the Lightning.
Jon Cooper didn’t have updates on Erik Cernak, Anthony Cirelli. Asked if Point would be available for Game 5, he said to circle back tomorrow
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) June 23, 2022
Colorado forward Andre Burakovsky ( thumb injury) didn’t play Game 3 or 4 and is questionable for Game 5. The Avs are without defenseman Samuel Girard (broken sternum). Defenseman Ryan Murray (broken hand) is also out.
Roll Out Those Vasilevskiy Elimination-Game Numbers
This will be the fourth time during the the past three playoff years that Tampa Bay is facing elimination.
— Channelside Sports Network (@chsidesports) June 18, 2022
In three previous games in that scenario, Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is 3-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage.
Lightning vs Avalanche Projected Starting Goalies
In Game 4, Colorado’s Darcy Kuemper became the first goaltender in NHL history with an overtime assist in a Stanley Cup final game.
Kuemper hasn’t allowed a third-period or overtime goal during the Stanley Cup final.
Avalanche vs Lightning Game 5 Prediction
The Lightning are proud two-time defending champions. They won’t go down without a fight. At the same time, they are a beaten-down bunch. Injuries haven’t been able to break Tampa Bay’s will or spirit, but they have taken much of the ability to compete out of the squad.
Colorado is on the verge of a coronation. It should come Friday on home ice.
Pick: Colorado Avalanche ML (-175)
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