Tampa vs Colorado: prediction for the Stanley Cup game
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa were losing 1-3 after the first four games of the final series and were close to yielding their champions title to Colorado, but they managed to get a strong-willed victory in the third away game (3:2). The Lightning were reliable on defense and didn't give their opponent freedom in their zone. The team is intent to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in a row and is ready to fight for it.
Colorado started the series by winning two games at home. Then, after suffering a defeat at Tampa (2:6), the Avalanche got the upper hand over the Lightning in the fourth game (3:2 OT). Their winning goal was scored while six Colorado's players were on ice, which caused a lot of controversy. Finally, in the last game, the Avalanche lost by a narrow margin (2:3), but they still lead the series 3-2 and can win the cup tonight.
In 5 head-to-head games in a row, the teams scored in each period.
In 4 head-to-head games out of 6, Colorado opened the scoring.
Tampa managed to keep the intrigue alive and won at Colorado in the previous game. Back at home, they will enjoy the support of the stands and hope to use Colorado's weaknesses to their advantage. The Avalanche generally are more confident at their home arena, but they surely will put up a good fight. The teams are on equal footing, but we give a slight edge to the hosts.
Our prediction - Tampa to win
Both sides are very careful on defense, so we do not expect a barnburner here. In the last two games, the teams scored less than six goals, so today we suggest taking the under.
Second prediction - total under 6 goals