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Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3 Betting Preview/Prop Picks

19 June 2022

The Stanley Cup Finals now shift to Tampa Bay for Game 3 between the Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Colorado won the series opener in overtime before coming away with a 7-0 victory in Game 2 of the series. 

The Avalanche already have a pair of series sweeps so far in the postseason, and they are two wins away from another one. Colorado is now a remarkable 14-2 in the postseason, and there is a reason that this team has been a betting favorite all season.

Tampa Bay came into the Finals looking for their third straight title, but things could not have gone any worse. The Lightning are always solid on home ice, and they will have to play a near-perfect game to win. 

The Colorado Avalanche are the moneyline betting favorites at -113 for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. 

Colorado Controlling Everything

The biggest story from this series was the offensive explosion in Game 2 as the Avalanche scored seven times. What got lost in that game is the fact that Colorado goaltender Darcy Kuemper also recorded a shutout to completely take control of the game.

The Avalanche scored at least two goals in every period in Game 2, and they absolutely dominated the puck. Cale Makar had a monster game for Colorado, including a pair of third-period goals.

Kuemper might have had a shutout, but he was only forced to make 16 saves. The Avalanche continue to do a great job of giving their goaltender some help. 

Lightning Lost on Offense

We have already played two games so far in the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have not even got 40 total shots on goal. Tampa Bay has had a tough time breaking through the initial defense of Colorado, and that has to change at home.

Nikita Kucherov has 24 points so far in the playoffs, but he hasn’t shown up yet in this series. Tampa Bay has a lineup that is loaded with stars, and they have to put pressure on the Avalanche.

Andrei Vasilevskiy won the Conn Smythe Trophy a season ago, but the goaltender has struggled in this series. He hasn’t gotten a ton of help, but he can’t allow seven goals and expect to win a game. 

Colorado Cannot Be Stopped

This series might be shifting to Tampa Bay, but it’s not like the Avalanche haven’t been able to win on the road this season. The Avalanche have still lost just two total games in the postseason, and that offense is clicking.

Tampa Bay is not going to get blown out as badly as they did in Game 2, but this Lightning team clearly has no answers for stopping Colorado. Andrei Vasilevskiy is not playing his best hockey in the net, but he’s not getting much help either. 

Everyone expects the Lightning to bounce back and pick up a win, but it’s just not happening. Bet the Colorado Avalanche -110 as they win Game 3 by a pair of goals to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Prop Picks

Colorado (+165) OVER 3.5 Goals

Colorado is averaging 3.8 goals per game, which ranks No. 4 in the league, while converting on 24.0 percent of its power plays, which ranks No. 7. Scores have gone OVER in five of the Avalanche’s last seven road games.

With Dunkel predicting a Colorado victory by the score of 5-3, take the Avalanche (+165) to finish OVER their Vegas team total of 3.5 goals against Tampa Bay.

Gabriel Landeskog (+130) OVER 0.5 Assists

Landeskog had 29 assists in 51 games during the regular season, which ranked No. 7 on the Avalanche. The veteran left wing has upped his production in the postseason with 10 assists in 16 games, which ranks No. 3 on the Avalanche.

With Dunkel predicting an Avalanche win while going OVER their Vegas point total, take Landeskog (+130) to finish OVER his Vegas total of 0.5 assists versus the Lightning.

Keep up with your latest NHL news coverage and betting pick previews at The Dunkel Index.

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