Sports Stanley Cup Final Game 6 betting preview: Stars won't go down easy
Time, TV, streaming info and players to watch as Stars, Lightning open Stanley Cup Final
The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning face off in the Stanley Cup Final, starting Saturday in the Edmonton, Alberta bubble.The former San Jose Sharks captain chose Dallas.
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We were a game too early on the under, with our record falling to 9-4-1 since the start of Round 3.
With at most two games left in the season, let's finish strong.
Tampa Bay Lightning (-160) at Dallas Stars (+140)
On the back of the' best effort of the series, 's double-overtime winner on Saturday forced a Game 6. It's easy to look at the shot totals from that contest, with the holding a 41-33 edge, and say Dallas earned the victory thanks to , but that's lazy analysis.
Bubble hockey champs: Tampa Bay Lightning beat Dallas Stars 2-0, win Stanley Cup
EDMONTON — The Tampa Bay Lightning are the 2020 Stanley Cup champions, hoisting the NHL's championship trophy Monday in a near-empty Rogers Place to cap off a surreal, bifurcated, bubbled hockey season for the ages. Brayden Point and Blake Coleman scored the goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots for his first career playoff shutout in a 2-0 win, giving Tampa Bay a 4-2 triumph in the best-of-seven series. The Lightning players exploded off the bench as the seconds ticked to zero, tossing sticks and gloves and swarming Vasilevskiy, their whoops and hollers echoing off the empty seats and capacious tarps.
Khudobin was solid but not spectacular on Saturday. His weakness - low blocker-side shots - was exploited again, and he saved just 0.15 goals above expected in regulation.
If anything, Tampa Bay netminderdeserves praise. The 2019 Vezina winner was superb throughout the game, coming up especially big during the Stars' dominant first and third periods. That's when Dallas controlled 83.7% of the expected goal share at five-on-five.
Vasilevskiy is a massive reason why the Lightning even managed to get to overtime. The Stars were expected to score 3.16 goals in regulation, compared to 2.15 for the Bolts. Dallas also held a significant offensive edge throughout the game, generating 19 high-danger chances in 89 minutes of Game 5 action, while the Lightning created 12.
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The Stars may have allowed a lot of shots, but their excellent defensive play returned, with the club forcing everything to the outside and minimizing the number of quality chances against. Confidence is flowing throughout this resilient bunch, and they won't go down easy.
Dallas seems to have rediscovered its game at the right time. At a generous price - and withruled out for the series - back the Stars to force a Game 7.
Pick: Dallas Stars (+140)
Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for theScore. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter.
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