When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >
Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+1.5
Bet $20 Win $200 in Free Bets
21+ CO, VA, MI Only | Terms and conditions apply
The Tampa Bay Lightning face their toughest challenge yet, as they take on the Colorado Avalanche on the road in a Game Five elimination match. The Lightning won Game Three 3-2 but lost Game Four in a heartbreaking fashion. Tampa Bay struck first with an Anthony Cirelli goal 36 seconds into the game. Neither team scored for the next 24 minutes until Nathan MacKinnon tied the game up with a power-play goal. Victor Hedman gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead five minutes later, and it looked like Tampa was going to tie up the series. Enter Andrew Cogliano. Cogliano tied the game up with a little under three minutes left and sent it to overtime. The overtime period was intense, but Nazem Kadri (in his first Stanley Cup Finals appearance) scored the game-winning goal a little over 12 minutes in.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have an uphill battle in Game Five. They will need huge performances from Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman, and Steven Stamkos if they want to continue their season. Kucherov leads the Lightning in assists (19) and points (26); Kucherov also shoots quite a bit but only scores on about 10% of his shots. Ondrej Palat is a very talented goal-scorer, scoring over 22% of his shots. Palat’s ten goals are tied for the most on the team. Victor Hedman has only scored three goals in the Playoffs but has 15 assists. Hedman also anchors the Lightning defense and plays over 24 minutes a game. Finally, we have Steven Stamkos. Stamkos has had a quiet Stanley Cup but has ten goals and seven assists in the Playoffs. All four players need to have the best games of their season in this elimination match.
Andrei Vasilevskiy has been a workhorse in net. He has played almost every minute of the Playoffs and has a save percentage of .920. Vasilevskiy has been a strong performer all season and needs to continue to be one this game.
The Colorado Avalanche continue to show why they are the best team in the league. After fighting back to win Game Four in overtime, they are back in the driver’s seat and ready to be Stanley Cup Champions.
The Avalanche have seen Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Nazem Kadri come through in the Playoffs. These five players have combined for 109 points and 42 goals. I expect them all to have good games and push Colorado to the win.
Darcy Kuemper has started all four Stanley Cup Finals games and performed well in three of them. After missing most of the Conference Finals with an injury, he has rebounded well in this series. Kuemper does not have to do anything wild in this game; he just has to play well.
This will be the final game of the season. The Avalanche will win Game Five with the help of their home crowd.
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Head-to-Head||Colorado Avalanche|
|Jon Cooper||Head Coach||Jared Bednar|
|51-23-8 (3rd in Atlantic Division)||Standing||56-19-7 (1st in Central Division)|
|Nikita Kucherov (26)||Points||Cale Makar (27)|
|Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos (10)||Goals||Nathan MacKinnon (12)|
|Nikita Kucherov (19)||Assists||Cale Makar (20)|
|Ondrej Palat (8)||+/-||Gabriel Landeskog (14)|
|Nikita Kucherov (3.29)||Shots (Per Game)||Nathan MacKinnon (5.78)|
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the underdogs but can win if they do not commit penalties and win the First Period.
The Lightning penalty kill unit has been horrible in this series. They have given up six power-play goals in four games and would be in a much better position if they committed fewer penalties. I cannot expect the Tampa penalty kill unit to improve this game, so the Lightning have to avoid sending them onto the ice. If Tampa avoids committing penalties, they’ll give themselves a chance.
The momentum has swung in Colorado’s direction, and the only way for it to swing back is by scoring the first goal and leading at the end of the First Period. The Lightning are in desperate need of momentum, and this is one of the few ways they can get it.
The Colorado Avalanche will win the game if they take a lot of shots and play team hockey.
The Avalanche took 38 shots last game and only scored four goals. They need to shoot a lot to outscore the Lightning. It is as simple as that.
Colorado has put on a passing display in the Playoffs. They have 129 assists on 81 goals. The Avalanche have played strong team hockey for the Playoffs and need to continue to do so in this game.
Victor Hedman leads the Lightning defense. He needs to figure out how to slow down the top offense in the NHL in this game. I do not know how he will do that, so I wish him luck.
Nazem Kadri made his first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in this game and did not disappoint. He scored the game-winning goals and needs to take that momentum and push it into this game.
Free play options
Special contests for newbies
Bet $5 Get $200 in Bonus Bets
21+ | Terms and conditions apply
Wide range of betting options
Top notch customer service
Promo Code 'SPORTS'
$500 Free Bet
21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500
|Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche Information|
|What||Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche|
|Where||Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado|
|When||Friday, June 24, 8:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch||ABC, ESPN+|
Max Heering graduated from the University of Kansas Sport Management program in May 2020. Max follows and writes about the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, college football, and college basketball. In his free time, you can catch Max draining threes on the basketball court. Email: [email protected]More info on Max Heering
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.
WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.