The Stanley Cup Final starts tonight as the Avalanche and Lightning begin their series to determine the champion of the 2021-22 NHL season.
Colorado rolled through Edmonton in the Western Conference Final, sweeping Connor McDavid and Co. in four games to reach the finals. It is the first time since 2001 that the Avs will play for the chance at hoisting the Cup.
Tampa Bay is eyeing a three-peat, having won the championship in 2020 and 2021. The Lightning fell behind 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Final but ripped off four straight wins to reach the finals for the third consecutive season.
Now, the two teams meet for what should be an exciting series, with the action kicking off in Denver.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of Game 1 of the Avalanche vs. Lightning Stanley Cup Final.
What channel is Avalanche vs. Lightning on today?
- U.S. TV: ABC
- U.S. live stream: ESPN+ | fuboTV
- Canada TV: Sportsnet | CBC | TVA Sports
- Canada live stream: SN NOW
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will air on ABC in the United States. Viewers in Canada can catch the game in English on Sportsnet and CBC and in French on TVA Sports.
Fans in the U.S. can live stream Avalanche vs. Lightning with ESPN+, the ESPN app, or fuboTV. Canadian viewers can stream Sportsnet on SN NOW.
Stanley Cup Final Game 1 start time
- Date: Wednesday, June 15
- Time: 8 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. MDT
The final series begins Wednesday, June 15. Puck drop for Game 1 is set for 8 p.m. ET.
The Avalanche will enter the contest having had eight days of rest. They closed out the Western Conference finals on June 7.
The Lightning will have three days of rest before Game 1.
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Where is Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final?
- Venue and city: Ball Arena, Denver
The series will begin at Ball Arena in Denver, home of the Avalanche. Colorado will be the home team in Games 1 and 2, as well as in Games 5 and 7 if those games are necessary.
Stanley Cup Final Game 1 odds
- Puckline: Avalanche -1.5 (+168) | Lightning +1.5 (-202)
- Moneyline: Avalanche -167 | Lightning +139
- Over/under: O6.0 (-115) | U6.0 (-105)
Odds provided by Sports Interaction.
Stanley Cup Final schedule 2022
(All times Eastern)
|Wed., June 15||Game 1||Lightning at Avalanche||8 p.m.||ABC|
|Sat., June 18||Game 2||Lightning at Avalanche||8 p.m.||ABC|
|Mon., June 20||Game 3||Avalanche at Lightning||8 p.m.||ABC|
|Wed., June 22||Game 4||Avalanche at Lightning||8 p.m.||ABC|
|Fri., June 24||Game 5*||Lightning at Avalanche||8 p.m.||ABC|
|Sun., June 26||Game 6*||Avalanche at Lightning||8 p.m.||ABC|
|Tue., June 28||Game 7*||Lightning at Avalanche||8 p.m.||ABC|