, The Stanley Cup Final is here! Check out the series and game odds for the big showdown between Tampa Bay and Colorado.,

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Either the Tampa Bay Lightning will make history or the Colorado Avalanche will end a 21-year title drought as the teams battle in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Avalanche advanced to the final for the first time since 2001. The Lightning advanced to the final for the third consecutive season.

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

The Avs — previously the Quebec Nordiques — have twice won the Cup (1996, 2001). Colorado is one win from its third Cup after taking a 3-1 series lead Wednesday.

STANLEY CUP WINNER ODDS

Avalanche -303 (bet $10 to win $13.30 total) | Lightning +240 (bet $10 to win $34 total)

FOX Bet associate trader Steven Hemke describes the final as a “dream matchup” between the two-time defending champion Lightning and the Western Conference points leader Avalanche.

“These teams really have no recent history in the playoffs which should set up for great action for the books on both sides,” Hemke said.

Hemke likes the final experience and goaltending of Tampa Bay, which will get a boost by the return of center Brayden Point, who sat out the conference finals with a lower-body injury. Point scored the Cup-clinching goal during the 2020 playoffs.

Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov was the leading playoff scorer among the teams with 23 points entering the Final. 

The high-flying Avalanche, featuring Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen – all top 10 draft picks – are averaging a postseason-best 4.64 goals per game. 

But goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy gives the edge to the Lightning, Hemke said. Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy (top goalie) in 2019 and the Conn Smythe Trophy (Stanley Cup MVP) last season.

PICK: Lightning to win series outright (+145 at FOX Bet at time of pick, was +475, currently +240, bet $10 to win $34 total)

LONG-SHOT PICK: Lightning to win series in six games (+600 at FOX Bet at time of pick, was +1300, currently +700, bet $10 to win $80 total)

PICK: Andrei Vasilevskiy to win Conn Smythe Trophy (+400 at FOX Bet at time of pick, was +1000, currently +500, bet $10 to win $60 total)

LONG-SHOT PICK: Lightning captain Steven Stamkos to win Conn Smythe Trophy (+1500 at FOX Bet at time of pick, was +7500, currently +2800, bet $10 to win $290 total)

UPCOMING GAMES

Lightning @ Avalanche (8 p.m. ET Friday, ABC/CBC; Avalanche lead series 3-1)

Point spread: Line not available
Moneyline: Line not available
Total scoring over/under: Line not available

COMPLETED GAMES

Avalanche 3, Lightning 2 (OT)

Point spread: Avalanche (+1.5) cover by winning outright
Moneyline: Avalanche win as -111 co-favorites (bet $10 to win $19.01 total); Lightning were -111 co-favorites (bet $10 to win $19.01 total)
Total scoring over/under: Under 6 goals scored by both teams combined (5)

Colorado Avalanche

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Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Colorado Avalanche are 4-1 (80%) vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2021/2022

NOTES: Nazem Kadri score 7:58 into overtime to win it as Colorado takes a 3-1 series lead. … Goalie Darcy Kuemper was credited with an assist for his pass out of the Colorado zone to Artturi Lehkonen, who fed Kadri. … The over/under hit the under for the first time in the Final.

Lightning 6, Avalanche 2

Point spread: Lightning (-1.5) cover by winning by more than 1.5 goals (4)
Moneyline: Lightning win as -118 favorites (bet $10 to win $18.47 total); Avalanche were -105 underdogs (bet $10 to win $19.52 total) 
Total scoring over/under: Over 5.5 goals scored by both teams combined (8)

Colorado Avalanche

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Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Colorado Avalanche are 4-1 (80%) vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2021/2022

NOTES: Colorado goalie 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. The New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks combined for 24 through three contests in 1982. … Game 3 was the first contest in Stanley Cup Final history between teams riding active home and road winning streaks each of seven-plus games. … By scoring a goal in the second period, Corey Perry is the NHL record holder for scoring a Final goal with different teams (four – Anaheim, Dallas, Montreal and Tampa Bay). … Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov 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 Bryan Trottier (1980-82).

Avalanche 7, Lightning 0

Point spread: Avalanche (-1.5) cover by winning by more than 1.5 goals (7)
Moneyline: Avalanche win as -149 favorites (bet $10 to win $16.71 total); Lightning were +115 underdogs (bet $10 to win $21.50 total)
Total scoring over/under: Over 5.5 goals scored by both teams combined (7)

Tampa Bay Lightning

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Colorado Avalanche

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The Colorado Avalanche are 4-1 (80%) vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2021/2022

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

Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 (OT)

Point spread: Lightning (+1.5) cover by losing by fewer than 1.5 goals (1)
Moneyline: Avalanche win as -149 favorites (bet $10 to win $16.71 total); Lightning were +115 underdogs (bet $10 to win $21.50 total)
Total scoring over/under: Over 6 goals scored by both teams combined (7)

Tampa Bay Lightning

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Colorado Avalanche

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are 3-1 (75%) vs. the Colorado Avalanche over the last three seasons

NOTES: Andre Burakovsky scored on assists from Valeri Nichushkin and J.T. Compher 1:23 into OT to win it for Colorado. … 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.

Here is the schedule for the Stanley Cup Final (all games 8 p.m. ET, ABC and CBC):

June 15, Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 (OT)
June 18, Avalanche 7, Lightning 0
Monday, Lightning 6, Avalanche 2
Wednesday, Avalanche @ Lightning
Friday, Lightning @ Avalanche
Sunday, Avalanche @ Lightning *
June 28, Lightning @ Avalanche *

* = if necessary

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