The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche will close their two-game season series on Monday when the two teams meet in Colorado. It wasn’t a close game the last time they played, with the Avalanche stealing a 6-2 victory on the road.
They’ll play at home this time, where they’ve won just 15 of their 33 games this season, but could be without several key players. Goalie Philipp Grubauer left Colorado’s last game early due to injury and is likely out for this one. He will join Matt Calvert on the injury list and is questionable for the game.
On the other side, Tampa Bay is starting to get healthier. They saw Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov return last game. They both produced well, combining for 4 points in their win. They won’t want to let Colorado walk all over them on what could be a special night for Tampa.
Tampa Bay Lighting Searching For 11th Straight Win
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been on fire these last few weeks, winning their 10th straight game on Saturday. They defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3, the first time they allowed that many goals since February 1st.
5 of their wins on this streak have come on the road, a situation they’ll face on Monday against the Avalanche. They’ve played well on the road all year long with a record of 19-8-3. It’s an almost-identical record to their home record, meaning they play well every night.
Let’s not forget that the team record is 11-straight games, so they have a lot to play for in this one. At 83 points on the season, they find themselves 3 points behind the league-leading Boston Bruins. If Tampa wins on Monday, it’ll be their 40th win this year following a 62-win season last year — tying another team record.
Colorado Avalanche Need to End 2-Game Skid
Before losing their past two games, the Colorado Avalanche had won 8 of their last 9. It was a run they needed as they battled with Dallas and St. Louis in their division. Currently, the Avalanche sit 2 games behind both teams.
At 72 points on the season and 3rd in the division, they are setting themselves up for a playoff berth. They hold a 7-point lead over the next closest team in the Nashville Predators, but their recent skid has caused some concern.
They’ve now allowed 3 goals in their past two games, something they hadn’t done since their loss 6 games prior. The injury to their goalie will add to their list of players injured. If they’re forced to play without him, it will be a huge blow to their gameplan.
Lightning / Avalanche Betting Lines
The sportsbooks are expecting another high-scoring game between these two, but they expect it to be closer than last time. BetOnline has the Tampa Bay Lightning (-260) with the 1.5-goal advantage over the Colorado Avalanche (+220). They also have the over/under listed at 6.
Free Betting Pick
The Tampa Bay Lightning are definitely coming for revenge after getting beat 6-2 last time — at home! With the opportunity to tie a team record, the momentum will be on their side the entire game, even though they’re on the road.
I think Tampa lights it up with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov back. If the Avalanche are forced to go without their starting goalie, it’ll only make matters worse for Colorado. We’ll see if they can get over their past two lossed and rally for a win.
Final Score 4-1, Tampa Bay Lightning