What you need to know: The Stanley Cup Finals begins Wednesday night with Game 1 of the best-of-seven series between Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche at Denver’s Ball Arena.
The Lightning are playing for their third straight Stanley Cup title. No NHL team has won three straight titles since the early 1980s when the New York Islanders won four straight titles.
The Avalanche and Lightning met twice in the regular season and Colorado won both games. The Avalanche secured home field advantage by finishing first in the Western Conference with a 56-19-7 record in the regular season and defeating Nashville, St. Louis and Edmonton in the playoffs.
The Avalanche have been the best team in the NL for most of the season, but if they have yet to get past the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions Lightning.
The Lightning advanced to the Finals by overcoming a tough challenge from the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Nazem Kadri is Colorado’s top scorer with 28 goals and 59 assists, while Victor Hedman leads the Lightning with 20 goals and 66 assists.
How to Watch the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
Where: Ball Arena, Denver; Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida.
Radio: ESPN Radio (710 AM in the LA market)
Betting Lines and Odds
Game 1: Colorado -158, Tampa Bay +135, O/B 6 points.
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