Colorado vs Tampa Bay: prediction for the Stanley Cup game
Colorado cruised past their opponents in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. They lost two games to St. Louis in the quarterfinals and defeated the rest of the opponents in four straight games. In the semifinals, they left no chance to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Avalanche were off to a good start in the final series. The game was tied after three periods, but Colorado's Andre Burakovsky scored a winning goal in the second minute of overtime (4:3 OT).
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay suffered defeats in the first two games of their semifinal series against the Rangers, but managed to turn around the match and won the following four games, making it to their third consecutive Stanley Cup final.
Once again, the Lightning started the series with a loss. The team conceded three goals in the opening period, but put up a good fight and leveled the score before the final siren. However, they conceded a quick goal in overtime.
The teams scored in each period in 4 of their last 6 head-to-head games.
Colorado scored first in the last 5 head-to-head games.
Colorado and Tampa are worthy opponents and both deserve to win the cup. Colorado started the series at home and secured a win in the first game. They will be looking to build on that success - the team was impressive during the current playoffs and definitely can create more problems for the Lightning in the upcoming game.
Our prediction - Colorado to win
Both sides have huge attacking potential and are not used to sitting on defense, preferring a more open brand of hockey. We suggest taking the over here.
Second prediction - total over 5.5 goals