The Tampa Bay Lightning's 6-2 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final had a familiar feeling for the defending two-time champions.
After losing two straight to begin the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the New York Rangers on the road, the Lightning stormed back to win the next four in a row; capturing the series 4-2 and moving on to the Final. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is now 8-1 at home during the postseason, while Tampa improved to 9-4 all-time in the playoffs after a shutout in the previous game.
For the Colorado Avalanche, Monday night's blowout loss was their first defeat on the road this entire postseason. Colorado was 7-0 away from Ball Arena in the playoffs, winning by an average margin of 2.3 goals in each game until Game 3.
Meanwhile, Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper was pulled in the game, and has been outplayed by backup Pavel Francouz throughout the postseason.
How do the oddsmakers see this series going the rest of the way? Here are the latest odds over at WynnBET.
Stanley Cup Series Odds (What are the Odds to Win the Stanley Cup Right Now?)
- Colorado Avalanche -310
- Tampa Bay Lightning +250
After being as high as +450 for Tampa Bay following their Game 2 blowout loss in Denver, the Lightning cut the series price by -200 at WynnBET to bring it to a much more respective +250, meaning a $100 bet would profit $250. Conversely,
How Many Games will the Stanley Cup Final Go? (Odds, Prediction and Pick)
Here's how the oddsmakers at WynnBET have the rest of the series formatted at the sportsbook.
- Lightning 4-2: +1600
- Lightning 4-3: +750
- Avalanche 4-1: +200
- Avalanche 4-2: +375
- Avalanche 4-3: +500
As someone who originally bet the Lightning to win their third straight Stanley Cup Final, I can't help but be intrigued by the big odds for either Lightning 4-2 or 4-3. Tampa Bay has won 11 consecutive playoff series in a row and have won eight consecutive games at AMALIE Arena.
Game 4 on Wednesday night has the Avalanche as slight favorites at -115, compared to the home Lightning at -105 with a total of 6 goals. I'll take Tampa to even the series at -105 in Game 4, as well as sprinkle a little on both 4-2, as well as 4-3.
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