The Colorado Avalanche will play the New York Rangers or the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.
An avalanche wiped out the Edmonton Oilers in a four-game sweep of the Western Conference Final with a 6-5 win in overtime in Game Four on Monday. They also swept the Nashville Predators in the first round and advanced to the conference final with a six-game win over the St. Louis Blues.
Colorado will host the first game of the Cup Final. New York leads 2-1 in the best final of the 7 Eastern Conferences. Game 4 will be played at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, CBC, SN, TVAS).
“After the first round, we had a week off as well, so it’s not new for us,” said the Avalanche striker. Miko Rantanen He said. “From that series, it doesn’t matter at all. Who comes in, that’s who we play. We don’t care at all.”
Cal Makar He had one goal and four assists on Monday and leads the avalanche with 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 14 Stanley Cup games, and Nathan McKinnon He leads the team with 11 goals. Rantanen (five goals, 12 assists) and Gabriel Landskog (eight goals, nine assists) each has 17 points.
Nazim Qadri (six goals, eight assists) He has 14 points but was unavailable on Monday due to an undisclosed injury after being hit on the boards by an oilers striker. Evander King In the first period of the game 3.
Goalkeeper Darcy Comber He is 6-2 with 2.65 goals-to-average and 897 saves in 10 playoffs but hasn’t played since leaving Game 1 against Oilers at 12:41 of the second period with an upper body injury. Pavel Francos She is 6-0 with a 2.86 GAA and .906 savings percentage and one closing in six games (four starts).
The Rangers won the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the second round against the Carolina Hurricanes, each in seven games. They trailed in the series 3-1 to the Penguins and 3-2 to the Hurricanes but handed Carolina her first loss after the season on the ice at home (7-1) with a 6-2 win in Game 7.
Lightning, chasing a third consecutive Stanley Cup title, beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games in the first round and swept the Florida Panthers in the second round. They were 17-0 after losing since the start of the 2020 Postseason before losing to Rangers 3-2 in Match 2.
The Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques will play for the Rangers for the second time in the playoffs. In 1995, Quebec lost the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in six games to New York. Avalanche hasn’t faced lightning in the postseason since moving to Denver for the 1995-96 season.
Colorado was 2-0-0 against New York in the regular season, scoring 11-5. Kadri led the avalanche with six points (one goal, five assists) and Kuemper had a 2.54 GAA and 0.912 save percentage.
Philip Shettle (one goal, one pass), Jacob Troup (One goal, one help) and Artemi Banarin (Two passes) led Rangers against avalanche in the regular season with two points each. Goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin He did not face Colorado due to a lower body injury. Adam Huska saved 32 balls on his first start in the National Hockey League, with a 7-3 loss at Madison Square Garden on December 8. Alexander Georgiev He made 26 saves in a 4-2 loss at Paul Arena in Denver on December 14.
Avalanche was 2-0-0 against lightning. Landeskog (1 goal, 2 assists) and MacKinnon (1 goal, 2 assists) each scored three points. Kuemper has 2.40 GAA and 0.929 savings ratio.
Brayden PointThe striker, who has not played since Game 7 of the first round due to a lower body injury, led Lightning against the avalanche with two goals and three points. Goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky It has a 2.96 GAA and a 0.919 savings ratio.
Colorado has won the Stanley Cup twice, defeating the Panthers in 1996 and the New Jersey Devils in 2001.
‘The only focus [is] four [wins]’ said McKinnon. It only starts with the first game against whoever we play against. We’ll get some rest and keep our intensity really high in practice and be ready to go.”