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Stanley Cup Final Preview: Breaking Down the Lightning, Avalanche



The Stanley Cup final is almost here, and so it’s time for a breakdown of the series between the Colorado Avalanche and the back-to-back defending Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Our predictions for the conference finals were a sparkling 2-0, making our predictions record for this post-season 9-for-14. Let’s see if we can nail the Cup Final and improve our prediction success one more time:

Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

The Winner: Tampa Bay, in six games

The Why: Let’s begin by recognizing the incredible season the Avalanche have had. They were the Western Conference’s best regular season team. They swept the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs. They outlasted a veteran, accomplished St. Louis Blues team in Round Two, then swept the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Final. When you get to the Cup Final and only have two playoff losses, you’re doing something very right.



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