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ice-hockey | Friday, June 24, 2022 8:07 AM

NHL Best Bet: Friday June 24th

NHL Best Bet: Friday June 24th

The Colorado Avalanche returns home for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the hardware will be in the building! After a thrilling Game 4 overtime win in Tampa, the Avalanche is on the verge of their third Stanley Cup win and their first title since the 2001 campaign. Our resident hockey guru Ej Garr expects scoring out of the gate in Game 5 and the line setters have left us plenty of value on the offer

NHL Best BetL June 24th

  • Colorado vs. Tampa Bay: Both Teams to Score 1st Period

Odds as of 10 am pm June 24th, 2022. Odds may now differ.

Colorado vs. Tampa Bay Best Bet

June 25, 01:00 UK time

We’re back in Denver, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are facing elimination which is a place they certainly had no plans to be facing. I know I was a bit disappointed with the overtime loss because it cost me a tip and I apologize to the trailers out there for that. I honestly thought Tampa Bay was going to be taking both wins at home and this would be a 3-game series.

So, my goal is to get that money back with a play on the 1st period prop bet, because one thing happens in this building and it happens often. Pucks find the nets here, and as we all know the two games in the series that were played in this arena toppled a total of 6.

The Lightning will be without a pair of players for game 5 as Anthony Cirelli took a skate to the arm and he is unlikely to suit up tonight. Defensemen Erik Cernak isn’t expected to dress tonight either, so those two absences could have an impact on the game tonight.

You know, I have not missed a single minute of these 4 games to this point, and can we really just accept that Colorado has looked like the better team in every game? Sure, Tampa got their Game 3 win but there are more moments where we find ourselves listening to Sean McDonough and Ray Ferraro constantly talk about how the Avs dominated play. Even when Tampa went ahead 1 – 0 early in Game 4, the Avs were playing fast and loose gaining confidence as the game went on.

We’re to the point now that the ‘Ning need to throw more rubber at Darcy Kuemper and stop stressing about blocking 4,679 shots in Game 5. It’s not working and if you watched any amount of hockey this regular season you know that goal-scoring was through the roof this year. We’re almost matching the 1980s stuff when goals were just going to come and defence? Wait, defence? No thank you, I’d rather make the newspaper and have my name in the scoring column than be leading the team in blocked shots.

I think this series is over, I think Game 5 is going to the Avs, and I think that there is not enough value at 1.62 to take Colorado outright to win. The 2.05 offer for a regulation-time victory might catch someone’s eye but I don’t play those types of options because overtime can surely come again. Tampa Bay is not going to lay down and go away quietly but the team that is going to win this year’s Stanley Cup plays in Denver. 

Regardless of that, I see another 2 – 1 opening frame coming our way, and that 2.65 line is just too nice for me to ignore. Tampa Bay knows the situation and they better take 52 shots in Game 5 if they know what’s good for them. We just need a goal apiece in the opening frame and the rest is just hockey!  

  • Selection: Both Teams to Score in Period 1
  • Best odds: 2.65 (Pinnacle)
  • Stakes 4/10

Odds as of 10 am June 24th 2022. Odds may now differ.

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