NHL Stanley Cup Final 2022: Early Comments, Preview for Lightning vs. Avalanche

The Tampa Bay Lightning will attempt to win their third Stanley Cup in a row against their toughest championship series opponent in the three-year swing.

The Colorado Avalanche seem poised to win the Stanley Cup with Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar leading the team.

Colorado lost twice in three playoff rounds. Both of those defeats came against the St. Louis Blues in the second round.

The Avalanche possess the better young talent in MacKinnon and Makar and they are well rested after their sweep of the Edmonton Oilers.

Tampa Bay can’t be counted out of the Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning flexed their championship-winning experience by coming back from an 0-2 deficit and a two-goal disadvantage in Game 3 against the New York Rangers.

Tampa Bay has more games on its legs from a seven-game first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the recently concluded six-game set in the Eastern Conference Final against New York.

The two-time reigning Stanley Cup champion could receive a boost to deal with the Avalanche’s talent. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said that Brayden Point is “extremely probable” to participate in the series, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Point has not played since Game 7 of the first-round series against Toronto. He can be the difference-maker that puts Tampa Bay ahead of Colorado throughout the series.

Author: Lucy Green