Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Colorado Avalanche in Monday’s action of the Stanley Cup Finals. The home side will search for a win to get back into the series. The visitors fully took advantage of playing on the home ice, and they head to this game with a 2-0 lead.
Tampa Bay is in a tough situation after failing to win in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals. The hosts should improve their game in front of their fans and try to celebrate their first win. On the other hand, Colorado was pretty convincing in the opening two matches. They are full of confidence and will look forward to increasing their advantage.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Will they celebrate their first win?
Tampa Bay started this series just like the previous one, and they hope for the same outcome. However, they need to improve a lot after a heavy 7-0 defeat on Saturday evening. The Lightning were inferior from the very start of the match, trailing 3-0 after the first period. Everything was clear after the second third when Tampa Bay was 5-0 down. They fired only 16 shots toward the Avs’ net and failed to score in that match. The Bolts were far from providing an upset, and they need to do much better in front of their fans on Monday evening.
Nikita Kucherov tops the Lightning’s assists charts with 17 while being the team’s most productive player in the post-season with a total of 24 points. Ondrej Palat has contributed to Tampa Bay’s offense with 17 pts while being the joint-best scorer with nine goals, the same as Steven Stamkos. Stamkos and Victor Hedman have chipped in with 15 points each, while four other skaters have produced eight pts apiece. On the goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy has been the first choice for Tampa Bay with 19 apps in the playoffs, having a .918 save percentage and allowing 2.60 goals per game.
Expected Line-Up: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Jan Rutta, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos
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Colorado Avalanche – Can they remain confident?
After being lucky in Game 1, the Avalanche stormed the match on Saturday evening. They booked a convincing 7-0 victory and headed to Tampa Bay with the home-ice advantage. Colorado dominated the game from the very start, and they didn’t let the two-time defending champions stun them. The Avs held the rivals to only 16 shots while they had 30 attempts to score. Despite winning two faceoffs less than their opponents, that didn’t have much impact on their road to success. The visitors will try to pick up where they left off and continue their dominance in this tie.
Cale Makar leads Colorado’s offense with 24 points, being the joint-best team’s assistant with 17. Mikko Rantanen also has 17 assists while contributing with 22 pts, while Nathan MacKinnon leads the scorers’ charts with 11 goals and has reached the 20-point mark. Gabriel Landeskog has produced 19 points, while Nazem Kadri and Devon Toews managed to chip in with 14 pts each. On the other hand, Darcy Kuemper has a .901 save percentage and concedes 2.44 goals per contest in 12 appearances in the post-season.
Expected Line-Up: Darcy Kuemper, Erik Johnson, Cale Makar, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon
Expert Pick #1 – Tampa Bay Lightning to win @-110
After a very poor display in Game 2, the hosts will search for their way back to this series. The Bolts are the two-time defending champions for a reason, and I expect them to bounce back. It’s a must-win game for Tampa Bay, and I’ll back them to win as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 6 @-120
The hosts were not good in defense in the previous match, and they should improve in the back in this one. They will increase their chances for success if they hold the game under the margin, and I’ll go with the Under as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Lightning to win & Both to Score @+155
On the other hand, both teams should be able to find the back of the opponent’s net in this encounter. When combined with the Bolts’ victory, we can get very attractive odds, and that’s going to be my third pick.