The Colorado Avalanche can take a 2-0 lead in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 on Saturday night at Ball Arena in Denver. In Game 1 on Wednesday, the Avalanche drew first blood with a 4-3 overtime win on the game-winning goal from Andre Burakovsky 1:23 into overtime. The loss dropped the Lightning, who are looking to become the NHL's first team to win three straight Stanley Cups in almost four decades, to 5-5 on the road in the postseason.
Puck drop at Ball Arena in Denver is set for 8 p.m. ET. Colorado is listed as the -150 favorite (risk $150 to win $100) in the latest Avalanche vs. Lightning odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Tampa Bay is a +130 underdog. The Over/Under for goals is set at six. (See the latest lines for every game on our NHL odds page.)
Before making any Lightning vs. Avalanche picks or Stanley Cup Game 2 predictions, you NEED to see the latest NHL predictions from the SportsLine hockey insider Matt Severance.
Severance is a well-connected writer and handicapper who has worked in the industry since 2005. He's SportsLine's top NHL handicapper, going 135-71-4 in his last 210 NHL picks and returning well over $2,800 for $100 players. Anyone who has followed him is WAY UP.
Severance knows that Colorado has the edge in special teams in this series. In Game 1, the Avalanche went 1-for-3 on the power play and killed off all three Tampa Bay penalties. During the playoffs Colorado ranks second in the NHL on the power play (31.3 percent), while the Lightning are eighth (21.5).
But the expert is also aware that Tampa Bay has had success winning in Denver. The Lightning are 5-2 in their last seven games at Colorado. That includes a five-game winning streak from 2016 through '20 in which Tampa Bay outscored the Avalanche, 24-11.
Now, Severance has set his sights on Game 2 and Avalanche vs. Lightning, and we can tell you he's leaning Over on the total. He's also found a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the money line! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NHL picks of your own.
So who wins Avalanche vs. Lightning in Game 2 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final? And which side of the money line has ALL the value? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Lightning vs. Avalanche money line you should be all over on Saturday, all from the expert who has crushed his NHL picks!