Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, 6/15/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (+142) Avalanche (-171)
The Tampa Bay Lightning are hitting the road to Ball Arena on Wednesday where they will try to beat the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The odds on this game have the Lightning at +142 while the Avalanche are opening at -171. The betting total is set at 6.
The Lightning will head into this series feeling good after earning a 2-1 victory over the Rangers to advance to their third straight Stanley Cup Finals. Tampa Bay had 4 minutes in the box for this matchup. The Lightning had a below average offensive outing in the victory. They also had 1 opportunity with more players on the ice but weren't able to notch a goal. For the game, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 31 shots they attempted.
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Tampa Bay Lightning opponents have earned 252 power play opportunities (8th in the NHL) and have scored 49 goals in those attempts. The Lightning have had 2,441 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .907. Tampa Bay has taken 2,535 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 11.2%. While playing at even strength, the Lightning have allowed the opponent to score 179 goals while earning 223 of their own. Tampa Bay has tallied 259 power play opportunities and they have added 62 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 23.94%. For the year, they sit with 110 points and their points % is .671. Concerning their scoring capabilities, the Tampa Bay Lightning have accumulated 285 goals (7th in the league) this season and have given up 228.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Brian Elliott. Opponents have notched 1,215 goals against Elliott in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.53. Elliott has taken the ice for 521 contests throughout his professional hockey career. His save percentage currently sits at .910 in his 28,814 minutes on the ice. He has compiled a record of 267-159-52 and was named the starter in 473 games. Over the course of his time in hockey, Elliott has tallied 257 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .543. Elliott has had 13,562 shots taken against him and has recorded 12,347 saves.
When they were on the ice last, Colorado faced off against the Oilers in an outing where the Avalanche took home the win by a score of 6-5 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. They had 2 chances on the power play in this matchup and notched 2 goals out of those attempts. The Avalanche recorded 6 goals out of the 42 shots on goal they tried.
Colorado has put up 2,874 shots (4th in the NHL) and has a shot percentage of 10.72%, while allowing their opponents 2,625 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 79.66% on their opponents 236 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.2%. They have a tally of 279 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 24.01%. The Avalanche have earned 241 goals at even strength and 67 goals (1st in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 232 goals to be scored by of a combination of 184 goals at even strength and 48 goals while they had less men on the ice. On the campaign, the Colorado Avalanche have notched a total of 308 goals, 119 points, in addition to a points percentage of .726.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Darcy Kuemper defending the goal. He has racked up 7,786 stops out of 8,484 shots taken against him, which gives him a percentage of .918. Kuemper has compiled a lifetime mark of 143-95-36 and has been in goal for 299 contests. He has been a starter 282 games and has been on the ice for 16,859 minutes. Kuemper's rate of quality starts comes out to 56.4% and he has 159 quality starts in his hockey career. His opponents are averaging 2.48 goals per contest and he has relinquished 698 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (+142)
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