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Avalanche heavily favored over Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

The puck drops on the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday when Game 1 is played in Denver.

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Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates a goal in the Western Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning are four wins away from three-peating as Stanley Cup champions, but they face a tall task against the best team in the Western Conference.

The Colorado Avalanche are favored at -195 at BetRivers and -190 at BetMGM to defeat the Lightning and win their first Stanley Cup since 2001.

The puck drops on the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday when Game 1 is played in Denver.

By comparison, the Lightning are +155 underdogs at BetMGM and +165 at BetRivers. DraftKings Sportsbook had it a bit closer, with the Avalanche at -175 and the Lightning at +150 as of Monday.

That hasn't stopped the betting public from riding Colorado. BetRivers said Monday evening that 66% of the handle and 68% of the bets had been placed on the Avs.

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Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon was the favorite at +450 to score the most goals of any individual player in the series. Teammate Mikko Rantanen was listed second at +550 before the Lightning's Nikita Kucherov at +700 and Steven Stamkos at +750.

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