tampa bay lightning vs colorado avalanche predictions and preview

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NHL tampa bay lightning vs colorado avalanche predictions and preview


 

 

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The Colorado Avalanche will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Avalanche had a record of 56-19-7 this season. The Lightning finished the season with a record of 51-23-8. These two teams played each other twice this season with the Avalanche winning both games. Colorado leads the series 3-2. The puck drops at 8 PM EST.

 

Avalanche Fail to End Series

Colorado failed to finish the Lightning as they lost 3-2 in game five. Cale Makar and Valeri Nichushkin each scored a goal and had an assist. Darcy Kuemper allowed three goals on 29 shots faced.

 

 

 

The offense was fantastic for Colorado this season. They ranked fourth in goals per game and fourth in shots per game. Mikko Rantanen led Colorado with 92 points and he had scored 36 goals, which also led the team. Nathan MacKinnon played in 65 games this season and he recorded 88 points. MacKinnon is third on the team with 22 points in 19 playoff games. Mikko Rantanen has 25 points in 19 playoff games. The Avalanche scored four goals in game one, a whopping seven goals in game two, two goals in games three and five, and three goals in game four.

 

Defense and goaltending were fairly decent for the Avalanche this season. The team ranked ninth in goals against per game and 19th in shots against per game. Darcy Kuemper had a 37-12-4 record with a 2.54 GAA and a .921 SV%. He ranked tied for fourth in shutouts among all goalies in the league, with five shutouts on the season. Kuemper has a 9-4 record with a 2.68 GAA and .898 SV% in the playoffs. He shut out the Lightning in game two but he struggled mightily in game three, allowing four goals on 22 shots faced. He bounced back with a strong effort in game four, stopping 37 out of 39 shots faced to help Colorado take a 3-1 series lead. Kuemper allowed three goals on 29 shots faced in game five. Cale Makar was second in points, first in goals, and tied for fifth in assists among all defensemen in the league. Makar leads the Avalanche in the playoffs with 29 points in 19 games played in the playoffs. He scored twice in game two, had two assists in game three, recorded one assist in game four, and he scored a goal and had an assist in game five against the Lightning. 

Lightning Staying Alive

Tampa Bay was able to stay alive as they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in game five. Corey Perry and Mikhail Sergachev each had two assists. Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, and Jan Rutta each scored a goal. Andrei Vasilevskiy was sharp in the net, stopping 35 out of 37 shots faced.

 

 

 

The offense was efficient for the Lightning this season. They ended the season by clicking on offense, scoring three goals or more in eight out of their last nine games. Tampa Bay finished the season ranking seventh in goals per game and 17th in shots per game. Steven Stamkos led the team with 106 points this season. He finished the season top five in points. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 27 points in 22 playoff games. He had at least one point in three out of four games in the second round. Kucherov had at least one point in games two to six in the Eastern Conference Finals. He picked up an assist in game one, two assists in game three, and scored a goal in game five of this series.

 

Defense and goaltending were both very good for Tampa Bay this season. They finished the season ranking sixth in goals against per game and seventh in shots against per game. Andrei Vasilevskiy had a record of 35-16-4 with a 2.46 GAA and .916 SV% this season. Vasilevskiy has been sharp so far in the playoffs. He allowed one goal or less in each of the four games against the Florida Panthers in the second round. He allowed two goals or less in games three, four, five, and six of the Eastern Conference Finals. Vasilevskiy struggled in game one, allowing four goals on 38 shots faced. He got hammered in game two, allowing seven goals but he bounced back with a strong effort in game three, stopping 37 out of 39 shots faced. He allowed three goals on 37 shots faced in game four and he allowed two goals on 37 shots faced in game five. Victor Hedman had another good season, with 85 points on the season. Hedman finished the season third in points, third in goals, and second in assists among all defensemen in the league. Hedman has 19 points in 22 playoff games.





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