Stanley Cup Final Game 4 preview: Lightning need to lean on goaltending advantage to even series
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After getting rolled in the first two games of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning were able to get on the board with a 6-2 win in Game 3. The difference for the Lightning was their ability to test Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Coming into the series, I picked the Lightning to win because of their advantage in net. Andrei Vasilevskiy has been the best goaltender on the planet for a few years now, and Kuemper has struggled in the postseason.
On more than one occasion, Vasilevskiy stopped what looked like a sure goal. Unlike the first two games in Denver, he was locked in for a full 60 minutes at home in Game 3. He finished the game with 1.47 goals saved above average on a total of 3.47 expected goals against, according to Natural Stat Trick.
On the other end of the ice, not only did Kuemper fail to make a big save, but he couldn't come up with relatively easy stops he probably should have made. Anthony Cirelli lost control of the puck on a break, and it slid through Kuemper's legs and into the net. Pat Maroon banked a short-side shot off Kuemper for a goal from a tough angle. So with Colorado down 5-2 in Game 3, Kuemper was pulled in the second period. By that point, he had allowed 2.28 goals above expected on 2.72 expected goals against, per Natural Stat Trick.