The 2022 Stanley Cup Final is over, and a new champion was crowned.
The Tampa Bay Lightning faced off against the Colorado Avalanche for the chance to lift the Cup. This was the history on the line for the respective franchises prior to the start of the series:
The Lightning came into the season as two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. The team did not earn a top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but they find themselves in a familiar place competing for a title. Tampa’s playoff run began with a seven-game triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs and continued with a sweep over the Florida Panthers. Things got dicey in the conference final after the Lightning lost their first two games to the New York Rangers, but they rattled off four straight wins to secure another Prince of Wales Trophy.
While the Lightning lost two games in the conference final, the Avalanche have lost two games all postseason. They began their dominant Western Conference playoff run with a sweep of the Nashville Predators. The St. Louis Blues were able to extend their second-round series to six games, but the Avalanche prevailed in that matchup, as well. Colorado now enters the Cup Final after crushing the Edmonton Oilers in another sweep.
The two sides have contrasting history with the Cup coming into this year’s championship series. The Lightning can become just the sixth team in NHL history to win three straight Stanley Cup titles. The Avalanche, meanwhile, are hoping to bring the prize home for the first time in 21 years.
Here’s all the info you need to know from the series between the Lightning and Avalanche:
What is the schedule for the Stanley Cup Final?
Colorado came out on top against Tampa Bay in six games.
Here are the results from the series:
- Game 1: Colorado won 4-3 (OT)
- Game 2: Colorado won 7-0
- Game 3: Tampa Bay won 6-2
- Game 4: Colorado won 3-2 (OT)
- Game 5: Tampa Bay won 3-2
- Game 6: Colorado won 2-1
Which team has home ice in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final?
Colorado had home ice for the series.
The Avalanche earned home ice in the series after collecting a Western Conference-leading 119 points during the regular season. They hosted Games 1, 2, and 5.
The Lightning, who finished third in the Atlantic Division with 110 points, hosted Games 3, 4 and 6.
Which team is expected to win the 2022 Stanley Cup?
Oddsmakers anticipated a new champion would emerge this season.
The Avalanche entered the series as -200 favorites to win it all, according to our partner, PointsBet. The Lightning had +165 odds to complete a three-peat prior to the start of the series.
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