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ice-hockey | Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2:34 PM

NHL Best Bet: Wednesday June 22nd

NHL Best Bet: Wednesday June 22nd
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The Tampa Bay Lightning returned home for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night and a resounding 6 – 2 win has them right back in the series with the Colorado Avalanche. Our resident NHL guru Ej Garr was all over the first period total and for Game 4 he expects the series to be tied going back to Denver for Game 5.

NHL Best BetL June 22

  • Tampa Bay vs. Colorado: Tampa Bay Moneyline

Odds as of 5 pm June 21, 2022. Odds may now differ.

Tampa Bay vs Colorado Best Bet

June 23, 01:00 (UK time)

So, did you think that Colorado couldn’t lose game 3 after looking so impressive at home to start the series? Come on man, have you been paying attention to anything that the Lightning has done for the past 3 years? Down a couple of games? Aww, don’t cry for Argentina, baby, because the Lightning is right where they want to be right now.

Home cooking! I said it before and I will say it again. The Rangers had the Lightning down and out and then then the Lightning returned home and how did that all work out again? Oh, wait, we’re here talking about the Avalanche and Lightning in the finals and not the New York Rangers. (I know, that pained me a bit too being the Rangers fan I am)

Amazingly, the lines for game 4 are almost exactly as they were for game 3 including the total that is set at 6 again. Now, we all know that the first periods of this series have been full of goal-scoring to this point, as we’ve seen 3 goals in the opening frame of all 3 games. There is no reason to shy away from expecting that to happen again although the line setters are tired of paying us for cashing them.

The lines have been juiced up a little more as each game comes and now we see a 1.83 and some 1.80s out there for the Over 1.5 1st Period action. I will admit that my first instinct was to just go back to the well and expect more 1st-period goals tonight but then I see more value in the even-money offer on Tampa to level the series at 2 games apiece.

I thought about offering this total because even when we’ve seen both offenses sputter at times we are still seeing plenty of pucks in the back of the nets. That 7 – 0 madness of game 2 was just insane and seeing Tampa break out for 6 goals in Game 3 really just screams Over to me. So, I suggest you take Tampa Bay to level the series and win this game while again expecting goals tailing my bonus tip on the total.

The Over 6 is listed at 1.95 with overtime included and when Tampa takes this 4 – 3 win at home you are cashing a pair of tickets. Tampa ML and the Over 6 is your bonus tip of the day for Game 4. GAME ON!!

  • Selection: Lightning ML
  • Best odds: 2.02 (Bet365)
  • Stakes 4/10
  • Bonus Tip: Over 6 OT Incl (1.95)

Odds as of 3 pm June 21st 2022. Odds may now differ.

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