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The Colorado Avalanche will be on the road to try to get a lead of 3 in the Stanley Cup Final. In Game One, the Avalanche beat the Lightning 4-3 in overtime. Game Two was won by them 7-0. Colorado came out fast and scored three goals in 15 minutes. Then they scored two goals in the Second Period. They still had plenty of gas left in their tanks, just in case they thought they were finished. Cale Makar got a shorthanded goal just over two minutes in the third period and then scored a power play goal halfway through the third. They were outplayed by the Lightning and they need to start their offense in this match.
The Colorado Avalanche boast a talented and diverse roster. Nathan MacKinnon is the most talented player and has been a scoring machine in the Playoffs; he takes over 5.5 shots a game and has 11 goals. MacKinnon is often seen on the ice playing with Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog has nine goals and plays as often as MacKinnon. The entire Colorado roster is impressive. I could list them all, but this will suffice. It is impossible to stop the Avalanche’s offense, which is an absolute juggernaut.
Darcy Kuemper is the Avalanche’s Stanley Cup Finals start. It is safe to assume that he is performing well, as he did not let one goal into net in the last game. Kuemper is expected to stay in net throughout the remainder of the Finals.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost their way since the end of their last match. While I won’t go into detail about how their players perform, I will tell you this. Tampa must be aggressive and willing to take chances. The series could end if they lose the next game.
Andrei Vasilevkiy wasn’t pulled from the last game even though he conceded seven goals. Although he is an excellent netminder, he cannot put together performances as good as the one in Game Two. The Avalanche will prevail despite being on the road.
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 (24) Points Nikita Kucherov (24) Nathan MacKinnon (11) Goals Ondrej Palat (9) Cale Makar (17) Assists Nikita Kucherov (17) Gabriel Landeskog (15) +/- Ondrej Palat (6) Nathan MacKinnon (5. 63) Shots (Per Game) Nikita Kucherov (3. 21)
Why Might the Colorado Avalanche Win?
The Colorado Avalanche is the underdog in this series, but they will win if the team does not get complacent or draw penalties.
The Avalanche should feel good going into Tampa, with a 2-0 advantage. The Avalanche have proven that they can beat the Lightning and are the superior team in every game. They must not take this win as a defeat and get complacent. Lightning have the potential to defeat any league team and are therefore in the Finals. The Avalanche must not be complacent with the Lightning and they have to take them seriously. Colorado must have the right mindset to win this game.
The Avalanche can’t stop scoring power-play goals. The Avalanche scored 2 power-play goals in their last game. They are now scoring almost 1/3 of all power-play attempts. The Avalanche must draw penalties during this game. Power-play goals could be crucial in deciding whether a team wins or loses.
Why might the Tampa Bay Lightning win?
The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken the lead in home games and are now considered to be the favourites. They will win only if they make a lot more shots than the Avalanche and they limit their shots.
The Lightning only took 16 shots in Game Two. You will never win a game when you only take 16 shots. This game requires them to think more and play more aggressively. They will lose if Tampa has to take fewer shots that Colorado.
The Lightning defensemen must slow down Avalanche’s shooting attacks in this game. The Colorado centers and wingers cannot shoot as many as they wish. The Lightning defense was unable to win the last match, but they will be able to rebound in this one.
Avalanche Key Players (D) Cale Makar Cale Makar is a sensational player in the Playoffs. The 23-year-old defenseman has seven goals, 17 assists, a +/- of 13, plays almost 27 minutes a game, and leads his team with 24 points.
Makar is going to face a more difficult Lightning offense than they did in Game Two. After being shut out in Game Two, the Lightning will be playing at home so they can play more effectively. Makar must take care of Tampa’s defense and stop the big hitters.
Lightning key player: (G) Andrei Vasilevskiy
Andrei Vasilevkiy – Game Two was a disaster. While the Lightning lost, and were never in control, Vasilevkiy played a far better game than I could have imagined.
Vasilevskiy let in seven goals on 30 shots in Game Two. He is still the league’s top goaltender. The Lightning could win if he plays his best in Game Three.
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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 Monday, June 20, 8: 00 PM EST How to Watch ABC, ESPN+