Colorado was on track to romp Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Then Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev of the Lightning decided that wasn’t going to happen, scoring twice in the course of 48 seconds in the second period.
After a scoreless third, we got our first taste of overtime hockey in the Final. The Avalanche ultimately knocked off the Lightning in the extra stanza, jumping out to a 1-0 series lead.
Now Tampa Bay tries to knot it up before returning to home ice. If the Lightning can’t make that happen, those ‘three-peat’ shirts could end up in a landfill alongside those 2001 Yankees “four-time champs” rags.
Props.com has the full breakdown of Lightning vs Avalance odds and betting action with a Stanley Cup Final Game 2 betting preview.
Lightning vs Avalanche Odds: Game 2
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+125||-200 (+1.5)||Over 6 (-105)||+225|
|Colorado Avalanche||-150||+165 (-1.5)||Under 6 (-115)||-275|
Odds via BetMGM and updated as of 11 a.m. ET on June 17.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche (8 p.m. ET/ABC)
Best-of-7 series: Colorado leads 1-0.
Playoff results to date: Tampa Bay 12-6 overall (5-6 road); Colorado 13-2 overall (6-2 home)
Game 1 betting recap: Colorado closed as a -155 favorite and brought it home for bettors willing to lay the price. The total of 6 saw -120 juice to the Over, but that too rewarded those willing to pay it.
Colorado Avalanche: Centers Nazim Kadri and Andrew Cogliano are both day-to-day. Neither played in Game 1, though both practiced ahead of Game 2.
Tampa Bay Lightning: None. Center Brayden Point returned in Game 1 and played 18 minutes.
Lightning vs Avalanche Player Props
According to BetPrep, Tampa Bay’s Ondrej Palat is five-for-five to register a point. That dates back to the previous series against the Rangers. Palat is -125 to keep it rolling, and BetPrep gives this bet 18% positive expected value.
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- COL is 6-0 as a favorite
- COL is 2-5 on the puckline at home
- TBL is 7-2 on the puckline on the road
- TBL is 6-0 on the puckline as road underdogs
- Under is 10-2 in Tampa Bay’s last 12
Lightning vs Avalanche Odds & Action
UPDATE 7 P.M. ET SATURDAY: An hour before gametime, BetMGM has moved, like at other books, to Avs -150 and adjust the juice on Over 6 to -105. The puckline remains unchanged.
UPDATE 10:30 A.M. ET SATURDAY: Colorado remains at -160, but significant Tampa Bay money has shown up. The Avs are down to 39% of the bets and 48% of the handle on the moneyline. Likewise, some Lightning puckline money is coming in. Colorado is still +165 (-1.5) and is taking 68% of tickets against 69% of cash. Even the Over isn’t immune. It’s still sitting at 6, but now the Over is drawing 61% of bets and “only” 66% of the dough.
UPDATE 11 A.M. ET FRIDAY: BetMGM opened the Avs almost right where they left off on Wednesday, as a -155 favorite, and moved them to -160 almost immediately. That’s where they sit now, with Colorado drawing 47% of the tickets and 61% of the money.
The Avs have been steady puckline favorites, not budging off the open of +165 (Colorado -1.5). Bettors are disregarding the close Game 1 and firing 70% of bets and 78% of the dough on the Avs to win by two-plus.
Likewise, the total has held steady at 6. Over betters are showing out with 70% of the wagers and 84% of the cash looking for another 7-goal game.
Check back prior to puck drop of Game 2 for additional Lightning vs. Avalanche odds and action updates.