June 21 will be the 3rd game of the NHL playoff finals “Tampa Bay” – “Colorado”. The game starts at 3:00 Moscow time. Bookmakers in their forecasts cannot single out a favorite. You can bet on the success of “Tampa Bay” in bookmakers with a coefficient of 2.41, and the victory of “Colorado” is estimated at 2.50. You can bet on a draw for 4.20.
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Bookmaker odds for NHL playoff game Tampa Bay vs. Colorado June 21, 2022
Bookmakers believe that the confrontation between Tampa Bay and Colorado will please with an abundance of goals: the total over 5.5 goals is quoted at 1.75, and the total under 5.5 goals is estimated by analysts at 2.08. If both teams manage to excel, the odds will be 2.01. You can bet that at least one of the teams will fail to score for 1.80.
Analysis and prediction for the 3rd game of the NHL playoff finals “Tampa Bay” – “Colorado” (06/21/2022)
The Stanley Cup Final has already started. The first two meetings were held in Denver on the ice of the Ball Arena. Colorado used the home walls factor, getting two different victories. Not easy in the first meeting, defeating the opponent in overtime with a score of 4:3. And just breaking it in the second with a score of 7:0. What to expect from the third confrontation?
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the last two Stanley Cups. Now, through a thorny path, he goes for the third cup. The Lightning already had trouble with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs, snatching a ticket to the next stage in the last game of the series thanks to a double from Nick Paul. Not without problems, they managed to pass the “rangers”.
Tampa Bay in the playoffs demonstrates a very strong game on their home ice, where they have not lost in seven games in a row. At the same time, “lightning” surprises with its variety of tactics. They can both play strictly in defense and demonstrate combinational play in attack. But the latter is more and more difficult.
John Cooper’s team is not very active in front, averaging 31.1 shots per game (10th in the playoffs!) And throwing 2.89 goals. The “lightning bolts” are also not impressive with the effectiveness of the implementation of the majority: 20.6% is the ninth indicator. But the realization of the superfluous is extremely important in emotional meetings, which the finals usually are.
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As part of the regular season, Andrei Vasilevsky often looked impenetrable, reflecting 93.5% of shots. But in the playoffs, he can’t carry the whole team on his shoulders, given the horrendous number of unblocked shots of the opponent (640 – the second most). Defense too often exposes its goalkeeper to be shot. The devastating defeat in the second match of the final is the result of just such defensive mistakes.
Colorado, on the other hand, is great in a way. The club made it to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since the 2000/2001 season. In addition, Jared Bednar’s team is moving very confidently through the tournament distance. Won in 12 matches out of 14 current playoffs. Two defeats happened with St. Louis. One of them is in overtime.
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Colorado is active ahead. The Avalanches rarely let go of the puck (5.62 is third). They complete attacks with an average of 39.9 shots per game, scoring 4.75 goals each. Attack units are balanced and varied due to the versatility of attackers. The Avs are very dangerous on the powerplay, having the second efficiency rate in the current playoff draw – 32.7%.
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Players perform 8.85 interceptions of the puck (third indicator). A mobile line of defense often helps in dispersing counterattacks. And here the effectiveness of Cale Makar is very indicative, who is the best player of the club in terms of “goal + pass” – 7 + 17. Not every striker can boast the same utility factor, and Makar is a defender.
In addition, Darcy Kemper is more reliable than his counterpart in the frame, passing 2.44 goals per match. However, he has to play less frequently: he made 246 saves on 273 shots. At the same time, Samuel Girard and Nazem Kadri are out of the game. The condition of Andre Burakowski is assessable. He scored the winning goal in the first meeting and set the score 3-0 in the second match. The absence will certainly affect the variability of the attack.
Colorado has performed without failures in the regular season and is advancing in the playoffs in the same breath. Jared Bednar’s team is very dangerous in front due to the mobility, speed and variety of attacks, in particular thanks to the inclusion of Cale Makar. Avalanches are good in attack, namely when playing in the majority. True, Tampa compensates for this with a reliable game in the minority.
The Lightning also started the last series with two away losses, but managed to pull themselves together and knock out the Rangers. In home matches, they are especially good, and Andrei Vasilevsky and the company should not be underestimated. We would take a closer look at the bet “total over 5.5 goals” for 1.75. In Tampa, the hosts will surely gather and want to avenge the humiliating 0:7 in the last game. Serious motivator. However, you should not count on a dry victory either.
Forecast and bets for the 3rd game of the NHL playoffs “Tampa Bay” – “Colorado” June 21, 2022
In the sum of the first two meetings, the “avalanches” almost doubled their opponents in the activity of the game in attack – 68 versus 39. Considering the experience of “Tampa”, it is unlikely that the start of the series from a score of 0-2 greatly shocked the players. Wards of John Cooper will try to restore parity on their native ice, where they have not lost in seven games in a row. Although the Avalanche attack is above all praise. So, apparently, we should expect a productive game again. But this time from both teams.
Bid: total over 5.5 goals for 1.75.
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