Avalanche vs. Lightning odds, prediction: 2022 Stanley Cup Final picks, Game 4 bets from expert on 137-71 run
Stanley Cup Final Game 4 expert predictions: Betting preview, puckline, odds for Lightning vs. Avalanche
Avalanche vs Lightning Odds, Picks and Predictions Tonight - Stanley Cup Final Game 4
The Colorado Avalanche had been invincible on the road during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, winning their first seven contests while scoring at least four goals in six of them. The bubble finally burst for the Western Conference champions on Monday, however, as they were outplayed by the Tampa Bay Lightning en route to a 6-2 loss. The Avalanche attempt to bounce back from just their third overall defeat this postseason and move within one win of their first championship since 2001 when they visit the Lightning for Game 4 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.
Opening face-off at Amalie Arena in Tampa is set for 8 p.m. ET. Both teams are listed at -110 (risk $110 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Avalanche vs. Lightning odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total goals scored is six. Before making any Lightning vs. Avalanche picks or 2022 Stanley Cup Final predictions, you need to see what SportsLine NHL expert Matt Severance has to say.
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Now, Severance has set his sights on Avs vs. Lightning and just locked in his picks and NHL playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several NHL odds and Stanley Cup betting lines for Lightning vs. Avs:
Colorado likely will be without Game 1 hero Andre Burakovsky (hand) for a second straight game and haven't received much production from Nathan MacKinnon (two assists) in the first three contests of the Stanley Cup Final. Colorado still has plenty of firepower as four of the top nine scorers this postseason are members of the Avalanche. Defenseman Cale Makar is tied for third with 26 points after notching a pair of assists in Game 3. The 23-year-old Norris Trophy finalist has registered three goals and six assists over his last three contests and has amassed 57 points in 52 career playoff games.
Mikko Rantanen also picked up two assists in Monday's loss, giving him seven in the series - the most through the first three games of a Stanley Cup Final in NHL history. The 25-year-old Finnish right wing also has been a tremendous postseason performer over his career, recording 76 points in 60 contests. Rantanen has been kept off the scoresheet only three times in 17 outings during these playoffs and is riding a seven-game point streak during which he has collected four goals and nine assists.
The Tampa Bay Lightning turned the tables on the Colorado Avalanche in a 6-2 win at home in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. After a 7-0 loss in Game 2, the Bolts returned home and chased the Avs' starting goalie, Darcy Kuemper, in a lopsided win to make this a series.
Can the Avalanche correct the handful of defensive miscues from Monday or will they continue to be hurt by their sub-par goaltending?
Find out in our free NHL picks and predictions for Avalanche vs. Lightning.
The Avs took Game 1 in overtime as Darcy Kuemper was likely the only reason Tampa Bay made it a game, with Colorado outplaying the Bolts. Game 2 was a perfect game from the Avs, who didn’t allow any pressure on Kuemper. Game 3 was a different story, as Colorado had the same goaltending issues as Game 1 but also played its worst game defensively with multiple breakdowns in its own end.
When Game 1 was done, we were left with one thought: Kuemper will be an issue for the Avs going forward. Colorado adjusted in Game 2 and didn’t even allow the Bolts to possess the puck but playing that perfectly on the road in Tampa proved difficult on Monday.
Kuemper lasted just 31 minutes on Monday before being pulled for Pavel Francouz. He gave up five goals and although his defense didn’t help him out, he didn’t do his team any favors. “I felt like the goals we gave up, honestly we just didn’t make them earn them.” Colorado head coach Jared Bednar told the media after the Game 3 loss. He added, “I didn’t think he [Kuemper] had a good night. Neither did our team.”
Right now, we don’t know who will be starting in net for the Avs. Francouz played decently in the Edmonton series and is our preferred choice in net, but for handicapping purposes, we’re expecting the worst and hoping for the best. That scenario has Kuemper back between the pipes in Game 4.
The demise of the Lightning might have been overstated. Tampa Bay bounced back in Game 3 to beat the Avalanche 6-2 and set up a critical Game 4 on Wednesday night in Tampa. There are plenty of storylines to go around for this game that will see the Lightning either even the series at 2-2 or hand the Avalanche a chance to win the Stanley Cup on home ice on Friday night.
Will Avalanche coach Jared Bednar elect to start backup goalie Pavel Francouz over starter Darcy Kuemper in Game 4? Kuemper struggled in Game 3 before getting pulled in the second period and he hasn’t been at his best during these playoffs. Francouz is 6-0 in these playoffs with a .906 save percentage while Kuemper’s .892 save percentage is below par.
For Tampa Bay, the injuries are starting to pile up. Lightning star Nikita Kucherov picked up a lower-body injury late in Game 3 when the game was over and he missed the final minutes of the game. Brayden Point missed Game 3 and isn’t likely to play in Game 4 after not playing at his usual level in the first two games of this series. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said he expects Kucherov to play in Game 4 and Point is doubtful.
What time is Avalanche vs. Lightning Game 4?
8 p.m. ET on Wednesday
Where to watch and stream Avalanche vs. Lightning?
Channels: ABC, CBC, SN
Streaming: ESPN+, SN Now
Stanley Cup Final schedule
Game 1: Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 – OT
Game 2: Avalanche 7, Lightning 0
Game 3: Lightning 6, Avalanche 2 | Avalanche lead 2-1
Game 4: Avalanche at Lightning | Wednesday, June 22 | 8 p.m. ET
Game 5: Lightning at Avalanche | Friday, June 24 | 8 p.m. ET
Game 6*: Avalanche at Lightning | Sunday, June 26 | 8 p.m. ET
Game 7*: Lightning at Avalanche | Tuesday, June 28 | 8 p.m. ET