Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche / NHL – After the disappointing past season, the team of Lightning is playing much better this year, and after 27 games played they are at the first position of the Eastern Conference. In this round, they should have somewhat easier task, because they are waiting for Colorado, which is not playing very good this season. They are only at the 13th position of the Western Conference and in the past three rounds they have experienced as many defeats. Begins: 08.12.2017. – 01:30 CET
Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning had a disappointing last season and this is why they are particularly motivated this year. They opened the championship very well and in the first 11 rounds they have made nine wins. They continued playing very good after that and it was clear then that Lightning would have a better season than last year. However, at the end of last month they were in a small crisis and in six games played they suffered four defeats. But it should be noted that they had a very difficult schedule. They lost to Washington, Pittsburgh and Boston while they were defeated at home from New York Islanders.
Lightning plays something weaker as guest and as soon as they return to their hall they will continue to win. They were better than San Jose Sharks with 5:2, they defeated Islanders with 6:2 in the last round and so they lost their best chances after a few rounds. In the previous two duels, Lightning has scored 11 goals and it shows that they are back in good shape. In the last six matches they only experienced one defeat.
Colorado has opened the championship and in the first five games they have scored four victories and one defeat. In the next three games they played somewhat worse and experienced three defeats. However, they have improved their game after that and have been able to score three wins in a row. After a good start, Colorado’s players played much weaker in the second half, and are therefore in the bottom part of the table. At the end of last month they experienced two defeats in a row, and they did not play any better at the beginning of December.
After a home win over Winnipeg, Colorado’s players have experienced three defeats. Although all three matches were played in their hall, it did not help them to score a positive result. They first lost from the Devils, then from Dallas and Buffalo. Colorado's defence played very weak in these matches and this is the main cause for this defeat. Colorado has played poorly in the past few away matches and in the past five games outside of their hall, they have experienced four defeats.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche PICK
Lightning is a big favourite in this match and all but the victory of the home team would be a great surprise. They are playing great this season and we do not believe that Colorado can make a surprise in this duel.
Pick: Money Line Tampa Bay Lightning
Odds: 1.70 at interwetten (down to 1.65 can be played)