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Lightning vs Avalanche Game 5 predictions: Picks, odds for 2022 Stanley Cup Final

The 2022 Stanley Cup Final shifts back to Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado for Game 5 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche. ABC and ESPN+ will handle the broadcast and streaming with a puck drop expected around 8:15 pm ET. Colorado leads the series 3-1 and is looking to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in 21 years.

Lightning vs. Avalanche: Game 5 predictions (odds from DraftKings Sportsbook)

puck line: Lightning +1.5 (-170); Avalanches -1.5 (+145)
Total goal: Over 6 (-105); Under 6 (-115)
Money line odds: Lightning +160; Avalanches -190
Over/Under pick: Under 6 (-105)
Money line/puck line pick: Avalanches (-190)

Something about close out games in the Cup Final that the losing team does not score much if at all. Since the 2015 Finals the losing team in a close out game has been shutout four times and scored just one goal twice. The only exception in the 2018 Final when the Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5. We should expect a super tight checking game with little or no penalties and tremendous effort from both goalies. The Avalanche will win the Cup at home, 2-1, in overtime.

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