Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Pick
It might come down to the goaltending situation for the Lightning this season. Louis Domingue has been holding up well as Andrei Vasilevskiy’s replacement, but they likely need a healthy Vasilevskiy for the playoffs. What if Domingue happens to suffer a long-term injury and Vasilevskiy doesn’t return to form from his broken foot? The Lightning can pile on the goals like nobody else can in the league.
In fact, they’re 1st in the league with 3.83 goals per game. That number gets turned up a bit to 4 goals per game when they are playing in Tampa. In their last ten games, they’ve scored an average of 4.2 goals per game. For what he is, Domingue has played well, but it’s a given that Vasilevskiy would be producing better numbers than a 3.07 GAA and 0.903 save percentage.
You don’t have to go down very far to find where the Avalanche stand offensively. They’re situated just behind the Lightning, with an average of 3.69 goals scored per game. They were tied with the Lightning for a brief moment, but the recent offensive surge by the Bolts has put them in the lead. Tampa have notched at least 4 goals in seven of their last nine outings.
The Avalanche actually get better when they’re playing away from Colorado, as they have recorded 3.89 goals per game on the road. In their previous ten outings, they’re a nudge behind Tampa with 4 goals per game, compared to 4.2 for the Lightning. Look for the OVER to hit with the two highest scoring teams in the NHL facing off in Tampa on Saturday.