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NHL Stanley Cup Final 2022 odds: results, picks


The Colorado snow Ending a 21-year title drought Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday.

The Avalanche won their third championship and first since 2001 when they knocked off the two-time defending champion Lightning.

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The Lightning, who joined the NHL in 1992, were seeking their fourth Cup (Tampa Bay won its first in 2004).

The Avis — formerly the Quebec Nordiques — previously won the Cup in 1996 and 2001 before moving to Denver for the 1995 season.

Led by Gabriel Landskog, Colorado won the series twice in overtime.

Defenseman Cal Makar, who had 29 points in 20 playoff games, was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as his team's MVP in the postseason. Makar, 23, is the third-youngest Conn Smyth winner and the betting favorite to headline Game 6 (+300, $10 bets to win a total of $40).

The Avalanche used the draft to build the nucleus of the roster. Landskog was the No. 2 pick in 2011, center Nathan MacKinnon was the No. 1 pick in 2013, right wing Mikko Rantanen was the No. 10 pick in 2015 and Makar was the No. 4 pick in 2017.

Here's a betting recap for all six Stanley Cup Final games.

Games are complete

Avalanche 2, Lightning 1 (Avalanche win series 4-2)

Point Spread: Lightning (+1.5) cover to lose by under 1.5 goals (1)
Moneyline: -118 as Avalanche wins Favorite ($10 bet to win a total of $18.47); The Lightning were -105 underdogs ($10 bet to win $19.52 total)
Total Score in Over/Under: Under 5.5 Both Teams To Score (3)

Disagree: The only time a team came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the title was in 1942 when the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings in Stanley Cup Finals history.

Thunder 3, Avalanche 2 (Game 5)

Point Spread: Lightning (+1.5) cover to win outright
Moneyline: +130 Lightning win as underdog (bet $10 to win $23 total); The frost was -167 Favorites (Bet $10 to win a total of $15.99)
Total Score in Over/Under: Both teams scored under 6 goals

Comment: There was a debate about the Avalanche having too many people on the ice when he scored the winning goal in Game 4. The problem was Nathan MacKinnon going to the bench. “I'll talk to you (Thursday). You're going to see what I mean when you see the winning goal,” Tampa Bay coach John Cooper said. “And my heart breaks for the players. Because we probably still have to play.” … The NHL released a statement saying each of the four officials said they did not see too many men on the ice, which are not subject to video review. … Tampa Bay was embroiled in a similar controversy in the 2021 playoffs against the New York Islanders when replays showed the Lightning had too many people on the ice when Ondrej Palat scored in Game 2. The goal stood.

Avalanche 3, Lightning 2 OT (Game 4)

Point Spread: Avalanche (+1.5) covers by a landslide
Moneyline: -111 as the Avalanche win co-favorite (bet $10 to win a total of $19.01); Lightning was -111 Co-Favorite (Bet $10 to win a total of $19.01)
Total Score in Over/Under: Under 6 goals both teams combined (5)

Comment: Nazem Kadri scored 7:58 into overtime to win it as Colorado took a 3-1 series lead. … Goalie Darcy Kuemper was credited with an assist on a pass out of the Colorado zone to Arturi Lehkonen, who fed Kadri. … Hit over/under for first time in finals.

Thunder 6, Avalanche 2 (Game 3)

Point Spread: Lightning (-1.5) cover to win by over 1.5 goals (4)
Moneyline: Lightning win as -118 favorite (bet $10 to win $18.47 total); The frost was -105 Underdog (Bet $10 to win a total of $19.52)
Total Score in Over/Under: Over 5.5 goals for both teams combined (8)

Comment: Colorado goaltender Darcy Kuemper was pulled after allowing five goals on 22 shots and was replaced by Pavel Francouz. … The teams have combined for 22 goals, the most through three Stanley Cup Final games played in 40 years. In 1982, the New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks combined for 24 through three contests. … Game 3 was the first contest in Stanley Cup Finals history between teams riding active home and road winning streaks of seven-plus games each. … By scoring a goal in the second period, Corey Perry holds the NHL record for scoring a Finals goal with different teams (four – Anaheim, Dallas, Montreal and Tampa Bay). … Nikita Kucherov of Tampa Bay is the fourth player in NHL history with 25-plus points in three consecutive postseasons, joining Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky (1983-85), the late Mike Bossy (1981-83) and Brian Trottier (1980). did -82).

Avalanche 7, Thunder 0 (Game 2)

Point Spread: Avalanche (-1.5) cover to win by more than 1.5 goals (7)
Moneyline: As the Avalanche win -149 favorite (bet $10 to win a total of $16.71); The Lightning were +115 underdogs (bet $10 to win $21.50 total)
Total Score in Over/Under: Over 5.5 goals for both teams combined (7)

Comment: The Avalanche are the fifth team to start the Stanley Cup playoffs at 14-2. … Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed seven goals in a playoff game for the first time.

Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 OT (Game 1)

Point Spread: Lightning (+1.5) cover to lose by less than 1.5 goals (1)
Moneyline: As the Avalanche win -149 Favorite ($10 bet to win a total of $16.71); The Lightning were +115 underdogs (bet $10 to win $21.50 total)
Total Score in Over/Under: Over 6 goals for both teams combined (7)

Comment: Andrey Burakovsky scored on assists from Valeri Nichushkin and JT Komfer 1:23 into OT for Colorado to win. … Teams that win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in OT are 14-4 in the series. … The Avalanche improved to 13-2 this postseason.

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