Conference Finals Predictions: 2-0
Back on October 5, 2021, I felt the threepeat was very much in reach for the Lightning, and predicted that they would face-off with the Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper says "You don't get these chances often. To go a third time is unbelievable."
Immediately after the Game 6 win over the Rangers, Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos gave the Avalanche the utmost respect, saying, "Colorado? Probably the best team in the league."
Both the Lightning and Avalanche have elite skaters and playmakers. Colorado will be able to offensively match the Lightning goal to goal, but I give Tampa Bay the overall edge on defense, especially in the net.
As we approach this series, the Avalanche have had the extra days off, so let's see how they respond on the home ice for Games 1 and 2, beginning on Wednesday.
RealGM's Final Prediction: The Lightning will win in 6-games, and will celebrate their third straight title. Enjoy the Stanley Cup Final!