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Lightning vs Avalanche Game 2 Odds, Lines & Spread

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NHL Hockey

Jun 17, 2022 · 10:14 AM PDT

Lightning vs Avalanche Game 2 Odds
Jun 15, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky (95) celebrates with center Nathan MacKinnon (29) after scoring the game-winning goal during overtime of game one of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Ball Arena. Lightning. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Colorado Avalanche are -150 home favorites to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday, June 18
  • Tampa Bay is trailing 1-0 for the third time in four playoff series this spring
  • Below, see the Lightning vs Avalanche Game 2 odds and picks

Down 1-0 in the Stanley Cup final to the Colorado Avalanche, this is familiar territory for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

They’ve been down 1-0 in three of four playoff series this spring. It’s also the third time in five Stanley Cup final appearances that the Bolts dropped the opening game of the set.

Tampa Bay has only trailed 2-0 in a series once this spring but oddsmakers are suspecting that it’s about to happen again. It’s the Avs who’ve been established as the -150 home favorites to win Game 2. The Lightning are 16-3 against the puckline as an underdog this season.

Lightning vs Avalanche Odds Game 2

Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Tampa Bay Lightning +1.5 (-200) O 6 (-110) +130
Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+170) U 6 (-110) -150

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The puck is slated to drop for Game 2 at 8:00 pm ET at Ball Arena on Saturday, June 18. The broadcast is being provided by ABC in the US and by CBC in Canada. Colorado is the -235 favorite in the Stanley Cup odds.

At a betting line of -150, the Avs are given an implied probability of victory of 60%. A $10 wager on Colorado would return a payout of $16.70.

NHL betting trends are showing that the public is displaying mixed emotions. In the puckline, 84% of handle is on Colorado, while 68% of wagers are supporting Tampa Bay. With the moneyline, 68% of handle and 51% of bets are with the Avs. In regards to the total, 68% of handle and 51% of bets like the over.

Tampa Bay vs Colorado Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
10/19/2019 Tampa Bay 2 Colorado 6 COL COL Over
2/17/2020 Colorado 3 Tampa Bay 4 (OT) TB TB Over
10/23/2021 Tampa Bay 3 Colorado 4 (SO) COL COL Over
2/10/2022 Colorado 3 Tampa Bay 2 COL TB Over Under
6/16/2022 Colorado 4 Tampa Bay 3 (OT) COL TB

Colorado has won six games in a row, matching a franchise playoff record. Both the Avalanche and Lightning are 2-1 straight up and 1-2 against the puckline in Game 2 of playoff series this spring.

Tampa Bay’s Ondrej Palat has collected 6-6-12 totals over the past 11 games. With Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman facing Colorado’s Cale Makar, it marks the first time since 2001 (Colorado’s Ray Bourque, New Jersey’s Scott Stevens) that two finalists in the Norris Trophy odds are facing each other in the final.

Tampa Bay vs Colorado Injury Report

Lightning forward Brayden Point played Game 1 of the final series. He’d been out since Game 7 of the opening round with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Brent Seabrook (shoulder) is out.

Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (finger surgery) and winger Andrew Cogliano (hand surgery) continue to skate and Colorado coach Jared Bednar says they’re making progress toward returning to the lineup. The Avs are without defenseman Samuel Girard (broken sternum). Defenseman Ryan Murray (broken hand) is out.

Expect Vasilevskiy to Bounce Back

The Avalanche would be unwise to expect Game 1 Andrei Vasilevskiy for the remainder of the series. They beat him four times in the series opener.

Through four rounds of playoffs, the Tampa Bay netminder is 1-3 with a 3.98 goals-against average and .884 save percentage. In the rest of the postseason, Vasilevskiy is 11-3 with a 1.90 GAA and .939 save percentage.

Lightning vs Avalanche Projected Starting Goalies

Team Goalie Record SV% GAA
Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy 12-6 .926 2.36
Avalanche Darcy Kuemper 7-2 .895 2.68

Pavel Francouz (6-0) and Darcy Kuemper (7-2) are the fourth pair of teammates in NHL history to each win at least six games in a single postseason, joining the 2017 Penguins (Marc-Andre Fleury 9, Matt Murray 7), 2010 Flyers (Michael Leighton 8, Brian Boucher 6) and 1972 Bruins (Gerry Cheevers 6, Eddie Johnston 6). Two of those three teams won the Stanley Cup.

Even though Francouz was unbeaten filling in for the injured Kuemper, Bednar went back to his #1 goalie for the final series opener and it paid off.

Lightning vs Avalanche Game 2 Prediction

The Game 1 victory bodes well for Colorado. Teams that own a 1-0 series lead in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup final hold an all-time series record of 62-20 (.756). This includes a 49-10 (.831) mark when starting at home. However, Game 1 winners haven taken just 7 of 14 playoff series this spring.

Three of the past four Stanley Cup champions have rallied to win the championship after losing the opener in the Final, including the Lightning in 2020. That was one of 12 times Tampa Bay has overcome a 1-0 series deficit to win a best-of-seven and the second time they did so in the final (also in 2004 against Calgary). The Lightning’s .600 series winning percentage when facing a 1-0 deficit in a best-of-seven set is the highest in NHL history.

Look for Tampa Bay to square the series with a Game 2 victory.

 Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning ML (+130) 


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