The Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay continue to light up their Stanley Cup Final with Game 2 tonight. Colorado leads 1-0 in this series thanks to overtime champion Andrei Burakowski.
The Avs have a golden chance to be halfway to winning everything tonight. He’ll put Tampa Bay on its feet on the way home. Even with the home ice advantage, keep in mind that the Avs are still undefeated on the road in these playoffs and they have that to their advantage.
The Avs won Game 1 on Wednesday night after winning 4-3 in overtime. It wasn’t comfortable all the time, as Avs let a 3-1 lead at 48secs into the second period to allow Tampa to get back in.
The Avs in Game 2 would look similar as they did against Edmonton Oilers as they dominated play for the entire 60 minutes. If they do that and get back to Andre Vasilevskiy early, they will get the job done.
They may have reinforcements entering the squad again. Andrew Cogliano was skiing with the team and was fully involved in training yesterday. While nothing has been confirmed, it appears that it is an option to play tonight.
The expected attackers
Gabriel Landskog (92) – Nathan McKinnon (29) – Valerie Neshochkin (13)
Andrei Burakowski (95) – JT Comfer (37) – Mikko Rantanen (96)
Mikko Lekonen (62) – Darren Helm (43) – Logan O’Connor (25)
Alex Newhawk (18) – Nico Storm (78) – Andrew Cogliano (11)
Devon Toes (7) – Cal Makar (8)
Jack Johnson (3) – Josh Manson (42)
Bowen Byram (4) – Eric Johnson (6)
Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning will get frustrated after losing Game 1 when they force him to work overtime. They almost stole it in Game 1 but their mistakes early and late were fatal for them.
The bolts didn’t move the disc cleanly causing three of the Avs’ four targets and they were defeated 5-on-5. Even John Cooper said the better team won and admitted they didn’t deserve to be in the game.
Tampa will be looking to return to shape its way to potential Peat Three. They will turn to Vasilevskiy who will be looking to improve after a shaky match 1. They also need Brayden Point to continue getting back to her level as he is still coming back from injury even before going home.
The expected attackers
Ondrej Balat (18) – Stephen Stamkos (91) – Nikita Kucherov (86)
Brandon Hagel (38) – Anthony Cirelli (71) – Alex Killorn (17)
Nick Paul (20) – Ross Colton (79) – Brayden Point (21)
Patrick Maron (14) – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (41) – Corey Berry (10)
Victor Hedman (77) – Jean Ruta (44)
Ryan McDonagh (27) – Eric Cernak (81)
Mikhail Sergechev (98) – Zach Pogosyan (24)
We’ll see the two numbers again, with Darcy Comber for Avs and Vasilevskiy mentioned above for Bolts.