Game 5 of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final will get underway as the Colorado Avalanche host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite there being only two teams left this season, there are still a couple of great betting angles to attack.
Below, I give my two best bets for Friday’s lone game. These plays are one unit each, or 1% of your betting bankroll. Follow me on Twitter to get all of my plays on days without full write-ups.
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Lightning vs. Avalanche Game 5: Top Stanley Cup Final Betting Odds & Picks
Tampa Bay Lightning (+150) @ Colorado Avalanche (-175), o/u 6 (+100/-120)
The Colorado Avalanche now lead the series 3-1 after their 3-2 overtime win on Wednesday in Tampa Bay and return home in an effort to lift the cup.
Everyone on the internet has already declared the Colorado Avalanche your 2022 NHL Stanley Cup championships. And to that, I say, “slow down.”
There is a reason these series’ are best-of-seven and not best-of-five, and as far as I checked, there are still three potential games left. If this Lightning group struggled with adversity and trailing by a few games in a best-of-seven series, they would not be attempting to grab their third straight world championship.
While going on the road in a potential championship-clinching game is extremely difficult, it is not impossible. The main reason I am backing Tampa Bay to keep this series alive – outside of their extensive playoff experience – is goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Despite struggling through the first two games of this series, Vasilevskiy returned to his normal form in games three and four as he stopped 71 of 76 shot attempts for a stellar 0.934 save percentage. The “big cat” is one of the best big-game performers of the last few decades, as he has been a rock in potential elimination games. I expect more of the same when they travel to Denver.
This game will be tight with conservative play from both sides. Everything will be on the line, and nobody wants to be the player who takes a bad penalty or makes an overly-aggressive pinch that leads to an odd-man rush. If the scoring remains low, I think It will work in Tampa Bay’s favor.
Best Bets: Tampa Bay Lightning ML (+150) & Under 6 (-120)
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