Avalanche vs. Lightning: Predictions, Selection for 2022 Stanley Cup Final

The moment that hockey fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. The Stanley Cup final is officially scheduled, as the Colorado Avalanche will compete with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The avalanche looks like an absolute juggernaut throughout the season, and it did in the playoffs. Despite having two of the top hockey players in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the Edmonton Oilers could not compete with the avalanche in the Western Conference finals. Colorado swept four games, beating Edmonton 22-13, including a thrilling 6-5 win overtime in Game 4 to win the Western Conference.

However, it was at a price as the avalanche lost star winger Nazim Qadri with a thumb injury.

Tampa Bay Lightning, meanwhile, fought its fair share of odds in the Eastern Conference finals.

The New York Rangers had power in the 0-2 hole, but then the power woke up. Tampa Bay won the next four games thanks to the brilliant efforts of goaltender Andrei Vasilyevsky. After scoring six goals in Game 1, Vasilyevsky allowed only one goal in each of the last three games of the series. Lightning will now try to win its third consecutive Stanley Cup and establish itself as one of the NHL’s greatest families the game has ever seen.

The Stanley Cup Final is set to begin on Wednesday with a lightning set to host Game 1. With the Stanley Cup match-up set, our NHL experts have made predictions about which team the Lord Stanley Cup will be for.

(1) Avalanche vs. (3) Lightning

Chris Bangle: This is exactly the style of governing the country that he has used in France. Great offense versus extraordinary goal-scoring. The amount of star power is measured by the roof.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be a long series. Although it’s hard to choose against a team going to my third Stanley Cup, I will have to face an avalanche to win it all. This lethal offense is mind numbing an average of 4.6 goals per game throughout the post-season and equals the most goals. This is what happens when you have a roster that includes the likes of Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen, and Gabriel Landeskog.

Oh, and Nazim Qadri may return to the series sometime after thumb surgery. Lightning has an advantage over the net, but Colorado has a lot of firepower in this matchup.
Pick – Avalanche beat Lightning 4-3.

Austin Navison: The avalanche was my Stanley Cup choice before the playoffs began, and they are 12-2 with a pair in three rounds. Still, I’m really struggling to pick Colorado here. The Lightning has been brilliant on its way to its third straight Stanley Cup final, with most people finding the path to Colorado a much more difficult one.

I’m hesitant about Avs because they are on a. Clear Net loss Darcy Comper is 26th of all shots this season with Natural State Truck’s above-average 3.65 goals, and is recovering from a last-round injury. In terms of competition, Andrei Vasilyevsky is third with 8.05 goals saved above average.

On paper, I think Tampa Bay is deep on the blue line, but they have no one like Nail Makar. Victor Headman is a true star, but Makar has the ability to take the game forward at the offensive end. Further, the avalanche has star power and depth ahead, perhaps their biggest advantage in this match, but the status of Nazim Qadri is a big question mark. According to the same token, the return of a potential Braden Point is large for electricity.

Colorado has the potential to subdue opponents for a long time, but I’m not sure it will be against this Lightning team. Tampa Bay has won a lot in the last few years, and the players will not be upset when the Ball Arena erupts after one or two quick goals from the Avs. I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m turning my Stanley Cup selection from an avalanche to electricity.
Pick – Lightning beat Avalanche 4-2.