Tampa Bay Lightning 4 Colorado Avalanche 3
This year’s Stanley Cup Finals matchup is an intriguing one, featuring the two-time defending champion Lightning against this year’s consensus favorite, the Avalanche.
The Lightning sort of slept through the regular season and have turned it on during the playoffs, while the Avs used its explosive offense to steamroll through the league in both the regular season and playoffs. There is plenty of star power on both sides, with Tampa Bay featuring Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman, while Colorado counters with Nathan Mackinnon and Cale Makar.
It’s in the net where I believe the series will be decided. Again, all-world goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has elevated his play to the maximum during the postseason for the Lightning after what some might call a down year in the regular season. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Darcy Kuemper has been hobbled with ailments throughout the playoffs.
I’m taking the Lightning in a tight series to three-peat, primarily due to its sizeable advantage in net.