- The Colorado Avalanche are -112 road favorites over the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday, June 22
- Bettors can access -107 odds should they choose to bet on the two-time defending champion Lightning
- Below, see the Avalanche vs Lightning odds and best bets
The Tampa Bay Lightning got themselves back into the Stanley Cup final series with a solid 6-2 verdict over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 on Monday. However, it didn’t seem to impress oddsmakers all that much.
The Lightning are down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series and the betting line on Game 4 while tight, is still favoring the visiting Avalanche at -112. A wager on Tampa Bay comes with -107 odds. The Game 3 win by the Lightning dropped the Avalanche to 7-1 straight up on the road in the playoffs. Tampa Bay is 8-1 SU at home and has won eight in a row.
Avalanche vs Lightning Odds Game 4
|Colorado Avalanche||-1.5 (+210)||O 6 (-109)||-112|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+1.5 (-275)||U 6 (-110)||-107|
Odds as of June 21st at Barstool Sportsbook. See available Barstool Sportsbook promo codes.
The puck is slated to drop for Game 4 at 8:00 pm ET at Amalie Arena on Wednesday, June 22. The broadcast is being provided by ABC in the US and by CBC in Canada. Colorado is a -300 favorite in the Stanley Cup odds. Tampa Bay is at a betting line of +250 to win the Cup for the third year in a row.
At odds of -112, a wager on the Avalanche will deliver an implied probability of victory of 52.83%. A $10 wager on Colorado would return a payout of $18.90.
NHL betting trends are showing that the public is going with the Avalanche. In the puckline, 53% of bets are on Colorado. With the moneyline, 53% of bets are also backing the Avs. In regards to the total, 53% of bets like the under. The over is 3-0 so far in the series.
Tampa Bay vs Colorado Recent Results
|10/23/2021||Tampa Bay 3 Colorado 4 (SO)||COL||COL||Over|
|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|
Colorado’s seven-game winning streak and perfect 7-0 mark on the road in the playoffs both came to a crashing halt in Game 3. Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar, the favorite in the Conn Smythe Trophy odds and Norris Trophy odds, will find out if he’s won the latter award on Tuesday. He collected two assists in Game 3.
— NHL (@NHL) June 21, 2022
Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen has seven assists in the series. In Game 3, Tampa Bay forward Anthony Cirelli collected his first goal in 14 games and Ross Colton counted his first point in 10 games. Game 3 also marked the first time in the series that Tampa Bay has held a lead. Lightning forward Corey Perry has now scored Stanley Cup final goals for four teams – the Lightning, Canadiens, Stars and Ducks. That’s an NHL first.
Tampa Bay vs Colorado Injury Report
Tampa Bay forward Brayden Point (lower-body injury) missed Game 3. Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (lower-body injury) left the game late in Game 3. Both are listed as questionable for Game 4. Defenseman Brent Seabrook (shoulder) is out for the Lightning.
So, now we're adding Nikita Kucherov to a list that already includes Brayden Point, Andre Burakovsky and Nazem Kadri and wondering who among them will be able to play in Game 4. That's an A list, I'd say.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) June 21, 2022
Colorado center Nazem Kadri (finger surgery) and continues to skate but hasn’t played in the series. Forward Andre Burakovsky ( thumb injury) didn’t play Game 3 and is questionable for Game 4. The Avs are without defenseman Samuel Girard (broken sternum). Defenseman Ryan Murray (broken hand) is also out.
Do the Avalanche Have a Goaltending Controversy?
Darcy Kuemper went from finishing Game 2 allowing no goals to not finishing Game 3 at all. The Lightning snapped Kuemper’s 100:47 shutout sequence and just kept on scoring.
It turns out actually shooting the puck and testing Darcy Kuemper was a good idea
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 21, 2022
Kuemper was hooked after allowing five goals on 22 shots. Backup Pavel Francouz blocked nine of the 10 shots he faced. Francouz is 6-0 with a 2.81 GAA and .906 save percentage. Look for Colorado coach Jared Bednar to come back with Kuemper for Game 4. But if there’s another lopsided loss for the Avalanche, Bednar might face a tough decision prior to Game 5.
Avalanche vs Lightning Projected Starting Goalies
Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy bounced back with a strong game, making 37 saves. He looked like the guy who’s won two Stanley Cups, as well as Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophies.
Andrei Vasilevskiy now ranks 14th All-Time in Playoff wins with 62! He becomes only the 10th goalie in NHL history to win 25+ G with 30+ saves.
He has won 60 out of the 96 playoff games he has started (62.5%) ‼️
He is only 27 years old. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/ECi9LGyujV
— Greg Harvey (@BetweenTheNums) June 21, 2022
Vasilevskiy is 14-1 in his last 15 home playoff starts. He’s 4-0 in his last four Stanley Cup final games at home.
Avalanche vs Lightning Game 4 Prediction
The Lightning are down 2-1 for the third time in four series. Tampa Bay won Game 4 in each of these previous scenarios.
The 6-2 goal today was the 22nd this series, the most through three games played in a Stanley Cup Final in 40 years – the Islanders (15) and Canucks (9) combined for 24 through three contests in 1982.#NHLStats: https://t.co/WF3XQy7NMn https://t.co/yX8BPlXc3C
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 21, 2022
With their backs against the wall, Tampa Bay came out and played its best game of the series, showing the team’s Stanley Cup pedigree. Now it’s Colorado facing the first bit of adversity since the Stanley Cup final began. How will the Avalanche respond in Game 4?
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning ML (-107)