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The Tampa Bay Lightning will square off against the Colorado Avalanche in the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals. Which team has the edge? OddsChecker NHL betting expert JT Miller takes a look.

Lightning vs Avalanche Stanley Cup Final Prediction: Can the Bolts Make it Back-to-Back?

Well, guys, we are here -- after a long season and stellar postseason it is time for the Stanley Cup Finals and this is a matchup for the ages. The Colorado Avalanche are the cup favorites, have been all season, and are going Into this one over the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

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Lightning vs. Avalanche Game 1 Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: June 15, 2022

When: 8:00 PM ET

Where to Watch Lightning vs. Avalanche: ABC/ESPN+

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Lightning vs Avalanche Stanley Cup Final Preview and Pick

Guys this is not only just a ride with my read type of play but also a value play; Tampa Bay is once again a decently priced underdog in this series and I will glady take it, I just have to ask why?

Let’s start here so I can eliminate the assumed bias. I will say it loudly and clearly as I have all year, the Colorado Avalanche are an incredible hockey team and have all the talent in the world on that roster. They are relentless, incredibly potent, and have had a cakewalk here in the playoffs so far. 

It’s hard to imagine that they continue to have one here in the finals. They are favored for good reason, starving for this Stanley Cup and in comparison to Tampa, they have a lot to prove. There is a lot expected of this team from themselves, the town, the fans, and everyone that has been a part of this team's rise back to the top in the last few seasons. 

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The thing that they have no control over here is the drive from Tampa Bay. They are four wins away from history, really solidifying their legacy and proving the legitimacy of this team's short dynasty. They know how to win playoff hockey games and have had there backs against the wall over and over yet they refuse to go away. 

They have come too far to roll over now, they are going to give this series everything they have. Even if they make it back next year, which would be incredible, the three-peat is where it begins and this squad may never have the opportunity to win another one together again. 

They can go low and beat you, they can light the lamp and beat you. The pressure is not on them in this one and they hold the edge in areas where I can see them thriving. If you can slow down Colorado and make them not always play a style of hockey they want to, you can beat them. 

Lightning vs Avalanche Stanley Cup Final Prediction

Colorado has only lost twice this postseason but they have not faced any real goaltending. No Sarose for Nashville, Binnington goes down after shutting them down a game earlier, and then they faced another backup netminder in 40-year-old Mike Smith. 

Now they have to face the best goaltender in the world. 

We’ve come this far and the boys have done everything I could have ever asked them to do. We need four more wins, I’m riding with Tampa.

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Born and raised in St. Louis, JT is a young gun in the industry but has already established himself as one of the sharpest. Some refer to him as the "King of the Ice" as a result of his dominance in the NHL, which has been his claim to fame. However, he also excels in other markets including the NFL, MLB, and NCAAF. You can follow JT on Twitter at @RickyBobbyBets.


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