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HTML3_ The Colorado Avalanche will be able to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning again in Game Six. Game Four was won by the Avalanche 3-2 in overtime, but Game Five was lost 3-2 in regulation. The scoring was light in the First Period, with only one goal being scored; Jan Rutta scored an assisted goal a little over 15 minutes in. Five minutes into the second period, the Avalanche had tied it at one after Valeri Nichushkin’s goal. Three minutes later, Nikita Kucherov scored an assist to make it 2-1 for the Lightning. Cale Makar was able to tie the game at 2 in the third period. The game looked set to go into overtime, but Ondrej Palt’s game-winning goal was scored with just six minutes remaining.
The Colorado Avalanche are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to scoring and shooting the puck in this series. Their average is 4. 37 goals per game in the Playoffs and 39.5 shots per game. They only scored two goals in the last game. The Avalanche should not change this. They just need to take better shots. Andrei Vasilevskiy will again be in the net for Lightning, so they need to think outside of the box. Vasilevskiy can be a difficult goaltender, and so the team must show Vasilevskiy moves that he’s never seen before.
The Avalanche saw strong shooting from Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon as well as Valeri Nichushkin (Cale Makar), Nazem Kadri, Nazem Kadri, Cale Makar and Cale Makar. These five players have combined for 47 goals and over half of Colorado’s scoring. Landeskog is by far the best player in the group. He has 11 goals and is scoring on over 20% of his shots. He is an example to all Avalanche players and they should take his advice.
Darcy Kuemper is back in control of the goaltender’s position. He was absent for most of Conference Finals. He has been quite good, except for Game Four. His performance in Game Four was not as good, and he can’t expect to play better. He will need to rely on his defensemen for forcing the Lightning to make bad decisions.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will live on after they win Game Five. They are the underdogs even though they play at home. They should be able put up some goals at home, but will have to rely on their defense to stop Colorado’s biggest hitters.
Andrei Vasilevskiy deserves a team gift for his outstanding play. Vasilevskiy saw 37 shots last game and only gave up two goals. The Lightning wouldn’t be playing golf right now if it wasn’t for Vasilevskiy’s incredible play. Tha Avalanche will win the battle at home after their Game Five defeat.
Head-to-Head: Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Colorado Avalanche Head-to-Head Tampa Bay Lightning Jared Bednar Head Coach Jon Cooper 56-19-7 (1st in Central Division) Standing 51-23-8 (3rd in Atlantic Division) Leaders Cale Makar (29) Points Nikita Kucherov (27) Nathan MacKinnon (12) Goals Ondrej Palat (11) Cale Makar (21) Assists Nikita Kucherov (19) Gabriel Landeskog (14) +/- Ondrej Palat (9) Nathan MacKinnon (5. 79) Shots (Per Game) Nikita Kucherov (3. 41)
Why Might the Colorado Avalanche Win?
The Colorado Avalanche is still the favorite and they will win if the team scores the first goal or draws penalties.
After losing the last game, momentum is now in favor of the Lightning. Scoring the first goal is the fastest way for the Avalanche regain their momentum. The game is usually won by the team with the first goal.
The Avalanche didn’t score a power play goal in the last game. Colorado’s power-play is very efficient and they are converting 33% of their attempts during the Playoffs. This team must return to their best and get at least one power play goal.
Why might the Tampa Bay Lightning win?
The Tampa Bay Lightning has home-ice advantage, but they are not considered the favourites. They can still win the game by slowing Cale Makar down and limiting Colorado’s shot attempts.
Colorado has managed to score more than four goals per game throughout the season. This is because they are very good at shooting. Even though the Avalanche lost last game, they still put up 37 shots. It is up to the Lightning to reduce the Avalanche’s chances. Tampa must keep this a priority and it will determine their win or loss.
Cale Makar is capable of doing it all. He is a great player who can play defense, score and pass. The Lightning must slow down MacKinnon and keep him off the ice.
Avalanche Key Players (C) Nathan MacKinnon
Nathan MacKinnon is a skilled shooter, but he doesn’t convert many of his shots to goals. He is only scoring 10.9% of his shots in the Playoffs. To give his team better chances, he needs to make more shots in the Playoffs.
Lightning Key Player (G) Andrei Vasilevksiy
I cannot praise Andrei Vasilevskiy enough. Andrei Vasilevskiy is an incredible Russian player who allows less than 2.5 goals per match in the Playoffs. His only task is to continue playing his style of hockey and Tampa will be fine.
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How to Watch Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning Information What Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning Where Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida When Sunday, June 26, 8: 00 PM EST How to Watch ABC, ESPN+