The 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final will begin on Wednesday night with Game 1 between the Avalanche and Lightning. Casual hockey fans and bettors will be looking to place some wagers on Game 1, but they could also find long-term value in betting on the series.
The Avalanche swept the Oilers in four games in the West Final, while the Lightning fought back from a 2-0 deficit in the East Final to defeat the Rangers in six games. It should be an exciting series between two of the best teams in the NHL.
NHL Stanley Cup Final Best Bets: Advice, picks for Avalanche vs. Lightning series props
(Odds provided by Sports Interaction)
Expect a ton of goals to be scored between Colorado-Tampa Bay
Goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy and Darcy Kuemper will be tested in between the pipes in the Stanley Cup Final. The total series goals heading into Game 1 is set at over/under 32.5. The Avalanche are the highest-scoring team in the postseason, averaging almost five goals a game (4.64). The Lightning, however, are ranked eighth in goals per game in the postseason (3.06).
When these two teams played each other in the regular season, they scored a combined 12 goals in two games. Tampa Bay has the second-best goals against per game average in the playoffs (2.41), thanks to the play of 27-year-old Vasilevskiy. However, it will be tough for him to shut down Nathan MacKinnon (11 goals) and Gabriel Landeskog (eight). On the Tampa Bay side, Kuemper will have his hands full with Steven Stamkos (nine goals) and Ondrej Palat (eight).
Take the OVER 32.5 goals in what should be a fun and fast-paced Stanley Cup Final.
Take Cale Makar to have most series points
The 23-year-old Makar has the third-best odds (+438) to have the most series points behind MacKinnon and Nikita Kucherov. The young defenseman has been one of the best players in the postseason with 22 points (five goals and 17 assists).
He’s ranked fourth in assists (17), but he could end up finishing in first place, which is held by Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (25). If the Avs want to win the Cup and defeat the two-time champs, they’ll need Makar to set up MacKinnon and Landeskog inside the Lightning’s zone.
The Stanley Cup Final will go at least six games
The two-time defending champion Lightning are not unfamiliar in this spot, as they’ve won the past two Cup Finals in five and six games, respectively. As of right now, six and seven games are the odds on favorites (+199) for when the series will finish.
It’s tough to see this series being one-sided on either side because of the talent on the ice and in net. The Avs had two four-game sweeps in the series and one series that went six games against the Blues. The Lightning had one four-game sweep and two series that went deeper (six games vs. Rangers and seven games vs. Maple Leafs). The Avs took the regular season series 2-0 over the Lightning, but it won’t be easy to defeat Tampa Bay at home.