And here we go. The PHN 2022 Stanley Cup Final betting preview and DraftKings promo.
After a few duds since 2019 when the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins went to the mat in front of little Laila, this year’s collision is a pair of teams worthy of Lord Stanley’s chalice. The Colorado Avalanche were one of the best teams in the league, though they may have eased up later in the season against the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
It may be the highest quality final since Chicago beat Tampa Bay in 2015 and the fastest pair of teams to ever play in the Final.
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The Stanley Cup Final bets we like, Prediction:
Tampa Bay (+150)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have two advantages:
First, let’s not sugarcoat this. The Colorado Avalanche probably have the better skaters at 5v5. However, in the Stanley Cup Final, goals are at a premium. Kind of like a gallon of gas, the cost keeps going up.
That puts extra onus on the goalies.
Remember Matt Murray being nearly perfect in Game 5 and basically thieving Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final? Goaltending is worth its weight in silver.
Which goalie can keep more pucks out of their net? Easily Tampa Bay’s Andre Vasilevskiy. By a country mile over the struggling Darcy Kuemper or backup Pavel Francouz.
Second, Colorado has been inactive for more than a week. Remember how Tampa Bay struggled against the New York Rangers early in the ECF before pouncing? Tampa Bay will have the active advantage early in the series.
Win a couple of early games, then Vasilevskiy steals a game? Tampa Bay could have a Stanley Cup if they can finish Colorado early in the series. With the high-paying odds, we say take Tampa Bay.
Also, if Colorado doesn’t get Nazem Kadri back in for the Final, that’s a massive loss in their lineup. Kadri was on fire this season, and he adds the physical spark, too. Yet another possible Tampa Bay advantage.
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Because Colorado is a little better up front, the longer the series goes, the stronger Colorado will be, especially if they get Kadri back.
Colorado is +400 to win in seven games. That’s a nice bet. Perhaps split your money. Also, the Barstool Sportsbook promo code is a solid option, too.
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