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The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to tie this Stanley Cup Finals by winning on the road. Although the Lightning was able to win Game One, they were unable to score in overtime. Two goals were scored by the Avalanche in the first ten minute. Gabriel Landeskog had the goal, and Valeri Nichuskin the second. The Lightning scored their first goal a little over 12 minutes in, but Artturi Lehkonen pushed the Avalanche lead to two with a power-play goal with 2.5 minutes left in the first. To tie the game, the Lightning scored two goals within one minute. Colorado won the overtime game in a quick and efficient third period. With 18: 37 left in the first overtime period, Andre Burakovsky sent a one-timer to the back of the net and was the Game One hero.
The Tampa Bay Lightning is the NHL’s most outstanding team. They miraculously reached the Stanley Cup Finals after a decent, but not spectacular, season.
The Lightning are a team that is dominated by veterans. The four top scorers for Tampa are all veteran players, so if Tampa is to win this cup it will be down to them. Steven Stamkos, the oldest player in this group, is Steven Stamkos. Stamkos has been in the league for over ten years and is still producing at the age of 32. He had two assists and five goals in the last round. Tampa advanced to the finals with two of his goals in Game Six’s elimination match. Victor Hedman, the second most veteran player on this team is Hedman. Hedman, a 2009 NHL Draft 1st Round pick, is a smart defenseman and strong passer. He has 13 assists in the Playoffs and had 65 during the season.
The Lightning are blessed with a highly skilled goaltender. This is in addition to the experience of their defensemen, wingers and center. Andrei Vasilevskiy is the only player to have won every playoff game and has given up just 2. 36 goals per game.
The Colorado Avalanche may not be as skilled as the Lightning but they make up for it with their offense.
The Avalanche average 4.6 goals per contest in the Playoffs. They have nine players who score at least five goals. Nathan MacKinnon is the explosivest player in this group. MacKinnon is averaging an incredible 5.8 shots per game and has 11 goals.
There isn’t much to be said about the Avalanche goaltenders. Darcy Kuemper (Colorado) and Pavel Francouz (Colorado) are two strong netminders. Both put up comparable numbers so either one of them is in great shape in the net. Colorado is riding high after a Game One victory and will be playing at home for Game Two.
Head-to-Head: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche
Tampa Bay Lightning Head-to-Head Colorado Avalanche Jon Cooper Head Coach Jared Bednar 51-23-8 (3rd in Atlantic Division) Standing 56-19-7 (1st in Central Division) Leaders Nikita Kucherov (24) Points Cale Makar (22) Ondrej Palat (9) Goals Nathan MacKinnon (11) Nikita Kucherov (17) Assists Cale Makar (17) Ondrej Palat (8) +/- Gabriel Landeskog (15) Nikita Kucherov (3. 39) Shots (Per Game) Nathan MacKinnon (5. 80)
Why Might the Tampa Bay Lightning Win? The Tampa Bay Lightning can win this game by scoring power-play goals, and playing strong defense.
The Lightning have been able to draw penalties without any problems, but have struggled with scoring goals when there is a man advantage. They are converting less than 22% of their power-plays, and their inability to score with an advantage has become a major hindrance. This game, Tampa needs to score a power play goal.
The Lightning are a strong defense, but they face the most dangerous offense in the league. To limit Colorado’s scoring, they must communicate well and work together.
Why might the Colorado Avalanche win?
The Avalanche is the favorite and they will win if Nathan MacKinnon passes.
The Avalanche took 38 shots in Game One and are averaging over 40 shots a game in the Playoffs. Because they don’t stop shooting, Colorado has an explosive offense. They must continue to shoot as many as possible.
Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado’s shooting attacks. He is averaging almost six shots a game and has 87 shots in the Playoffs. He needs his teammates to provide him with the puck, and allow him to shoot when he is comfortable.
Lightning key players: (D). Victor Hedman
Victor Hedman is the Lightning’s defense. Although he is an excellent player, he needs to be more consistent in the Lightning series. Victor Hedman can stop the offensive powerhouse that is The Avalanche.
Avalanche Key Player (LW) Andre Burakovsky
I wonder how it is to be Andre Burakovsky now. In Game One, Burakovsky’s overtime goal secured Colorado victory.
Burakovsky must take advantage of this momentum. This is the highest he has felt in his NHL career. He must take chances and make good passes. Andre Burakovsky, Colorado’s X factor in Game Two is undeniable.
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How to Watch Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche Information What Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche Where Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado When Saturday, June 18, 8: 00 PM EST How to Watch ABC