After a thrilling Game One that saw overtime, the Tampa Bay Lightning will face the Colorado Avalanche for Game Two in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Lightning trailed by 2-0 at the end of the first period but forced overtime. They hope to even the series with a win in Game Two. The Avalanche won Game One by winning 4-3 in overtime and hopes to win the next game at home to maintain a 2-0 lead and take control of the series. Check out the best bookmakers for betting on the Stanley Cup!
Although the Lightning struggled at the start of Game One, the offense responded by scoring two goals in the second period to help force overtime. The Lightning hopes to continue the scoring surge in their next game. Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov scored an assist and a goal in Game One. They have now scored 25 goals in the playoffs and 31 assists to lead the top line. However, the rest of the offense is also improving. Nick Paul and Brandon Hagel scored a goal with two assists to lead the middle two forward lines. Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev, who combined have four goals and 19 assists during the playoffs, also added an assist and a goal in Game One.
The Avalanche won the first game with four goals scored by their offense, including three in the first period. Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon scored goals and provided four assists to lead the top line. However, the offense was great. Andre Burakovsky, Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin scored three goals and an assist in the game to show the depth of the forward unit. Burakovsky was particularly impressive in overtime, scoring the game-winning goal. Cale Makar, the defenseman with five goals and 17 assists, can help the offense win the series. This is after Game One’s shockingly inept score.
Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat, along with the rest of the forward units, should be able to find the back of the net throughout the game. They will establish a strong offensive zone presence, create open shots with strong puck movement, and make strong passes near the goal. The Lightning can also reduce the Avalanche’s offense by Victor Hedman, Jan Rutta and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers at the blue line and cutting off angles to the net on the rush to limit Avalanche speed. Andrei Vasilevskiy will once again be able to make big saves in goal. To even the series, the Lightning should win Game Two. This will give them great odds of winning the series as road Underdogs.
Prediction: Lightning (+130)
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