Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche will face each other in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The hosts look forward to another excellent display and level the tie. The away side wants to get back to the winning track and return home with an advantage.
Tampa Bay managed to improve its game and celebrate the first victory in this series on Monday evening. The home side wants to build up on that performance and get things even. On the other hand, Colorado wasn’t so convincing as in the first two games on its ice. Nevertheless, they will try to use this opportunity to get the match point in front of their crowd.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Can they pick up where they left off?
The Lightning showed a proper reaction after losing 7-0 in Game 2, and they managed to beat the Avalanche 6-2 at home. This victory saw the hosts getting closer to their rivals in this series, and they will have a chance to level the tie on Wednesday evening. Despite trailing 1-0, Tampa Bay managed to turn around the result and snatch a 2-1 lead by the end of the first period. They increased their advantage in the second third, while the result didn’t change in the last 20 minutes of the match. Although the Avs had more shots toward the Bolts’ goal, Tampa Bay’s defense did a very good job on Monday evening. The Lightning also won 12 faceoffs more than their rivals in Game 3.
Nikita Kucherov still leads the Lightning’s offense in the playoffs with a total of 26 points and a team-high 19 assists. Ondrej Palat is one point away from the 20-mark, while Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos have contributed to Tampa Bay’s offense with 17 pts each. Nicholas Paul, Ross Colton, and Corey Perry have chipped in with nine points each, while Mikhail Sergachev and Anthony Cirelli have combined for 15 pts in the playoffs. On the other hand, Andrei Vasilevskiy made his 20th appearance between the pipes on Monday evening, having a .920 save percentage and allowing 2.57 goals per game.
Expected Line-Up: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Jan Rutta, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos
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Colorado Avalanche – Will they improve their game on the road?
The Avalanche were far from their performance in Game 2 when they celebrated a confident 7-0 win on their ice. Despite taking an early lead in the third encounter between these two sides in the Stanley Cup finals, they let the rivals turn around the result. Everything was pretty clear after the second period when Colorado was 6-2 down, and the scoreline didn’t change by the end of the encounter. The Avs had 39 shots on the goal, but their composure in front of the opponent’s net wasn’t good enough.
Cale Makar has contributed the most to Colorado’s offense with 26 points, being the team’s best assistant with 19. Mikko Rantanen has produced 24 pts, while Gabriel Landeskog has 21 and a team-high 11 goals, the same as Nathan MacKinnon, who reached the 20-point mark. Devon Toews and Nazem Kadri have scored 14 points each, while Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin also have a double-digit number of points, combining for 25. On the goal, Darcy Kuemper concedes 2.76 goals per match and saves 89.2% of the rival’s shots.
Expected Line-Up: Darcy Kuemper, Erik Johnson, Cale Makar, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon
Expert Pick #1 – Tampa Bay Lightning to Win @-110
The hosts bounced back with a vital win, and they will be highly motivated to get things even in this tie. They played very well on Monday evening, and I believe they can carry on in the same fashion in Game 4. Therefore, I’m backing the hosts as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @-105
All three games of this series went over the margin, and this one shouldn’t be much different. Although Tampa Bay has been pretty solid in the back in the post-season, the offensive capabilities of these two teams were more noticeable. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Lightning to win & Both to Score @+150
The third pick is the riskiest of all three, but it brought us success last time. The odds are pretty lucrative, and I’m going to repeat it for Wednesday’s game. Tampa Bay should win this one, while neither team should keep the clean sheet.