Tampa vs Colorado: prediction for the Stanley Cup game
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay lost the first two games of the final series. If in the opening game, the Lightning put up a good fight and yielded only in overtime (3:4 OT), in the following game the team was absolutely crushed (0:7). It was unexpected to see Tampa absolutely powerless on offense - they made only 16 shots on goal.
However, the series then moved to Florida, and in their first home game Tampa got revenge (6:2). Every player of the first line earned points. Today the Lightning will be looking to build on that success and level the score.
Colorado were on a three-game winning streak before their trip to Amalie Arena. The Avalanche have been excellent so far and secured a 2-0 lead in the first two home games. On Tuesday, the team suffered their third loss in the current playoffs - goalie Kuemper had a subpar performance and was substituted off in the second period after he conceded five goals. Colorado will hope to bounce back in the upcoming game and keep the lead in the series.
In 3 out of 4 head-to-head games, the teams failed to score in each period.
Colorado scored first in the last 5 head-to-head games.
Tampa looked great at the home arena and confidently defeated the Avalanche on Tuesday. The Lightning will hope to level the score in the series while they are still in Tampa, because it will be much harder to do at Colorado. We will be backing the hosts in this game.
Our prediction - Tampa to win
The opponents don't just sit on defense - both sides play a very open and aggressive brand of hockey. We suggest taking the over.
Second prediction - total over 5.5 goals