The Stanley Cup finals finally get underway this week, as the Tampa Bay Lightning aim to win the major honor for the third straight season. However, pre-season favorites Colorado Avalanche stand in front of them, who will be looking to continue their dominance throughout this season by winning the biggest prize of all.

Before Betting On NHL Lightning vs Avalanche

It has been a long road to the Stanley Cup finals for the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning, but they will be looking to leave everything on the ice over the upcoming seven-game series. This won’t be the time to have any regrets, and the Lightning will be looking to make history and win the Stanley Cup for the third straight year.

Tampa has been a very hard team to write off throughout the season, as they came back from a deficit in the opening round against the Toronto Maple Leafs, before matching that feat in the conference finals against the New York Rangers. They found themselves 2-0 down against the Rangers in the previous round, but their never-say-die attitude was evident, as they won a crucial game three at Amalie Arena. The job was finally complete with a 2-1 win over the weekend in game six.

Colorado Avalanche have had a long time to think about this upcoming Stanley Cup finals series, as they have had a near ten-day break since completing a white wash against the Edmonton Oilers. It was the second time that they had won without dropping a game, and only shows how dominant they have been in the Western Conference throughout the season. They have long been favorites to win the Stanley Cup but the pressure will really be on this week at Ball Arena.

NHL Lightning vs Rangers Offshore Betting Odds

Offshore SportsbookSpreadTotal (Over 6.0)Moneyline
BetOnlineLightning (+1.5) -190
Avalanche (-1.5) +165
-105Lightning: +144
Avalanche: -160
BovadaLightning (+1.5) -200
Avalanche (-1.5) +170
N/ALightning: +140
Avalanche: -165
BetUSLightning (+1.5) -200
Avalanche (-1.5) +170
-110Lightning: +145
Avalanche: -165
SportsBetting.agLightning (+1.5) -190
Avalanche (-1.5) +165
-129Lightning: +144
Avalanche: -160
PinnacleLightning (+1.5) -189
Avalanche (-1.5) +165
-109Lightning: +138
Avalanche: -157
MyBookieLightning (+1.5) -195
Avalanche (-1.5) +165
-110Lightning: +140
Avalanche: -170

Game one of the Stanley Cup finals will be a massive fixture for the Avalanche, as they will have home advantage. Their home record throughout the playoffs to this point has been extremely strong, but we are slightly wary after their long break from the ice. Therefore, we see the Lightning on the spread as the value play. We see the -189 with Pinnacle as the best selection, as their odds are slightly better than the ones offered by BetOnline and