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Avalanche center Nazem Kadri skates and shoots in Tampa before Game 3 against the Lightning

Injured Avalanche center Nazem Kadri trained with skills coach Shawn Allard after the entire squad's morning ice skate ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday morning. (Author: Gardener)

Game 3-- Injured Avalanche center Nazem Kadri trained with skills coach Shawn Allard after the entire squad's morning ice skate ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday morning. Kadri, who is recovering from a surgically repaired fractured right thumb, was stick handling and light shooting. He is not expected to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3, but is ruled "day-to-day" by coach Jared Bednar. Kadri broke his thumb in Game 3 against Edmonton in the Western Conference Finals. Burakowski injured his right hand or wrist in Game 2 of Colorado's 7-0 win on Saturday at the Ball Arena. Burakovsky did not travel here with the team on Sunday, but was out on Monday during the team's morning skating session.

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Colorado Avalanche-Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Tips and Tips

Betting Preview and Tips for Game 3 of Monday night's Stanley Cup Finals between Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning. (Author: Gardener)

ColoradoThe Stanley Cup finals take place in Tampa Bay on Monday night as the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning looks to avoid a 3-0 straight hole. Well, Western Conference champion Colorado Avalanche won Game 2 by a soccer score of 7-0. But first, let's look at our betting insiders' top picks. This was a hit in the first two games of the series in Denver. The low price here is due to the Lightning not having a first home period since Game 3 against the Panthers. Overall, in three of eight home games, they only went over in the first. The Avalanche have passed in the first of 10 of 16 games, although that's somewhat exaggerated by the four wins they had against the Predators in the first round. They've only transitioned into four road games. However, given their offensive role and the Lightning's desperation, it's a recipe for eliminating that total in the first game, especially when things go sideways for Tampa Bay for a third straight season. Colorado is just too good. We see complete dominance, especially in Game 2. Colorado is three-seven on power plays and an impressive six-six on penalties in this series. Fatigue should be a factor for the Lightning considering their streak has lasted longer and they've had to contend with the thin air in Denver in the last two games. I expect Andrei Vasilevskiy to play better at home (5 goals in last 5 home games), but Tampa will still struggle to deflect shots (only 29 shots in Game 2 (16 at net). The unsung winger should with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov running into Game 3. With the Lightning having the last line change, they might be able to pull this trio off the Avalanche's top line that they rolled in the first two games. Palat has points in all eight Lightning home games and is a tie for fourth in home shots on goal. Tampa Bay's lack of offense will still be an issue Monday night. Having only 29 shots in Game 2 and only 16 at the net is a Indicative of how great Colorado's defense is playing. The Lightning's 28% puck possession, coupled with the Avalanche's relentless defense, tells me Kuemper won't get much work tonight, it's going to be hot, Bolt s will be motivated not to miss it.

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Who will start pitchers for Mets on Monday?

If David Peterson gets on the paternity list, Trevor Williams expects to be nominated for the series finale. (Author: Gardener)

MetsThere were two concerns for Buck Showalter ahead of the Mets' 6-2 loss to Miami at Citi Field on Sunday, and they both revolved around Monday. "Right now I'm like, is [David] Peterson's wife going to go into labor before he starts tomorrow?" the manager said. #2: "We know we have to go to 13 pitchers," Showalter said of MLB's decree for the 14 cut Monday. "We know we have some steps to take." Right-hander Trevor Williams could be a candidate for Peterson in the series finale if the left-hander has to go on the paternity list. Williams has appeared in 12 games, five of which are starting. He's 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in a starting role versus 0-1 with a 2.30 ERA in a relief role. If the paternity list comes into play, it would take up to three days before the decision would have to be made as to which pitcher needs to go. Tommy Hunter has been through a lot in the past year. His Mets season was basically over in May. There were six herniated discs in his lower back, causing severe pain. "I've had four epidurals, nerve blocks, nerve abrasions and the one laminectomy-discectomy that showed it all," Hunter said. But that wasn't the end for the 35-year-old right-hander. The Mets brought him to Tampa Bay last July while he was on the injured list, and he re-signed with them in April going to Triple-A. He was called up by Syracuse on Friday and made his major league debut of the season on Sunday. Hunter worked 1 2⁄3 innings for relief and was charged with an unearned run. "It felt good to be back here," he said. "Obviously that's why we're playing. Hunter wanted to be on a big league field and pick one up with the youngest of his three sons, his 1-year-old. His wife Ellen had mentioned aiming for a comeback and taking the picture after he was out of pain. 'We got one the other day,' Hunter said. My wife really wanted to smile. The Marlins' Jerar Encarnacion became the first player since at least 1901 to have a grand slam and an outfield assist on his major league debut. Jeff McNeil has a .455/.556/.682 slash line in his seven-game hit streak. James McCann (wrist) caught and went with a walk 2-for-4 in his third rehab game with Double-A Binghamton. Showalter declined to say how long the rehab stint will last.

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What time is the Stanley Cup Finals tonight? Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3

The Colorado Avalanche, led by Nathan MacKinnon, meets the Tampa Bay Lightning, led by Nikita, in Game 3 of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Monday, June 20, 2022 (6/20/22) at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla Kucherov . (Author: Gardener)

TampaThe Colorado Avalanche, led by Nathan MacKinnon, meets the Tampa Bay Lightning, led by Nikita, in Game 3 of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Monday, June 20, 2022 (6/20/22) at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla Kucherov . Fans can watch the event for free with a fuboTV or DirectTV Stream trial, or with an ESPN+ subscription. The Avalanche lead the series 2-0 after defeating the Lightning 7-0 in Game 2. Get NHL Playoffs Free Bets Check out our NHL Playoffs betting tips for the best offers for new customers, including risk-free bets, deposit bonuses and more. Here is the schedule for the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals: Game 5: Friday, June 24: Tampa Bay vs. Game 6: Sunday, June 26: Colorado vs. Tampa Bay, 8 ET, ABC (if needed) (fuboTV, free trial ) Game 7: Tuesday, June 28: Tampa Bay vs. Colorado, 8 ET, ABC (if necessary) (fuboTV, free trial) Colorado, 8 ET, ABC (if necessary) (fuboTV, free trial) fuboTV is an over- the internet's leading live TV streaming service offering 100+ live streaming channels including ESPN, NFL Network, beIN Sports and news, entertainment and more local channels. It also offers DVR storage space and is designed for people who want to cut the cord but still don't want to give up their favorite live TV and sports. How much does fuboTV cost? The cheapest option is the Family Pack for $64.99, which includes 120 channels, 250 hours of DVR storage, and can be used on three screens simultaneously. The fubo Elite package costs $79.99 per month and offers more than 170 channels including Showtime channels, additional sports channels and additional news and entertainment channels.

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Speedy Colorado Avalanche zooms to 2-0 series lead ahead of Bolts

The fast-paced Colorado Avalanche zoomed out to a 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup final (Author: Gardener)

ColoradoFast-paced Colorado Avalanche zoomed out to a 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Finals Fast-paced Colorado Avalanche zoomed out to a 2-0 series lead over Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Finals DENVER - - Marinate above for a brief moment : Colorado has scored 11 goals in the Stanley Cup Finals so far, and not a single one by star forward Nathan MacKinnon. Always pushing the pace, the Avalanche clicks on all cylinders, even as MacKinnon's strike is kept under control and Nazem Kadri is sidelined with a thumb injury. At the same time, they have a 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay in the best-of-seven series, with Game 3 in Tampa Monday night. "Definitely the fastest team we've played against," said Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos. "Placing pucks in areas where you can neutralize their speed and not flipping the puck — not giving them freebies," Stamkos said. "It's no secret that they're a very fast team." Colorado has scored at least seven goals four times in this playoff run, most recently a 7-0 win in Game 2. They are one of only seven NHL teams to have scored that many games with seven or more goals in a postseason. Additionally, the Avalanche became the first NHL team to score 11 or more goals in two games of the Finals since they achieved that feat in 1996. Coach Jared Bednar attributes the offensive fireworks to one big reason - calm. While the Lightning struggled through a tough six-game streak with the New York Rangers, the Avalanche got an extended breather after beating Edmonton. Our team just seems really focused, they're dialed in and they're hungry and want to win.” Also, each game has a different player to face the situation. Like Andre Burakovsky who scored the OT winner in Game 1. Or Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar, who each scored two goals in Game 2. They found a way to score early and often with Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is one of the best goalies on the planet. "We think we have to beat them like this," Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson said of the pace. "For us, we can't believe we're under their skin. We can't think like that. We just have to keep going and have this mentality that doesn't stop.” Take Darren Helm, for example: he leads the playoffs with 84 goals, including 22 in the finals. He also had a goal in Game 2, his second of the postseason. "A beast," Makar said of the Veterans Center. He joined Patrick Roy as the Avalanche goalie who recorded a shutout in the Stanley Cup Finals (Roy accomplished that feat in 1996 and twice in 2001 when Colorado won both of its Stanley Cup trophies). "They're playing at an elite level right now," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. MacKinnon has two assists in the series so far. He's realized that he can't always play the lead role. However, he can play the role he is in. In this case, it's all about winning faceoffs, throwing hard punches, and being such an offensive force that Tampa Bay has to keep a constant eye on him. "He doesn't care about goals," Manson said. "Mac scores or not, he drives the game, he wears the boys down, he checks, he's above pucks. He's playing amazing.” That matches Quebec/Colorado's franchise record in a playoff year, which NHL stats show was set by Nordique's great Peter Stastny in 1982 and equaled by MacKinnon in 2020. "We know as a team that we'll be rewarded offensively if we play our best game defensively," said Makar, whose side are 7-0 up in the playoffs so far. “It just comes to that kind of realization every night. They are obviously a great team. "They will throw everything they have at us in the next game.

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Five things to consider when Avalanche faces Lightning

Avalanche Beat author Mike Chambers examines five things to keep in mind ahead of Game 3 of Monday's Stanley Cup Finals in Tampa, Fla. (Author: Gardener)

Avalanche- The Avalanche is two wins away from winning the Stanley Cup for a third time and preventing the Tampa Bay Lightning from winning their third straight win. The Stanley Cup Finals moves to the Amalie Arena for Games 3 and 4. Here are five things to keep in mind for Game 3 on Monday. Tampa Bay is the two-time defending champion of the Stanley Cup. But when the lightning starts to break - see the 7-0 loss of Game 2 - they become brittle. We saw that late in Game 2 when Tampa's Erik Cernak started a big scrum against the boards that resulted in 15 total minor penalties. The Lightning will not go down without a fight. The Avs want to understand that and try to stay as disciplined as possible. You have to stay hard between whistles but run away from the fireworks during the breaks. The Avalanche doesn't want to change that. It outperformed the Lightning 11-3, beating them 68-39. Colorado has dominated possession time in both games because it played its style. If they sometimes play the inevitable dump and chance, the forecheck has been strong and forced turnovers. The only element that supports all of these things is speed. The Avs played fast -- a frenetic pace that starts with the highly skilled defenders playing clean passes or getting the puck onto the ice alone. Colorado center Darren Helm is a fan favorite on this series because he plays his relatively obscure role with extreme passion. He had 10 goals in Game 1 and 12 in Game 2, in which he also scored one goal. His 22 hits on the series are miles the most. No other player on either team has reached 10 in a game. Helm is the leader, 2008 Stanley Cup winner with Detroit, and a big reason Colorado is tough enough to make it for the first time in 21 years. Helm's game, of course, seems to inspire his teammates to do the same - stick to their roles and hold nothing back. At The Avalanche, in Game 2, five players scored and 11 scored a point. Yes, it was a blowout and it probably won't happen again in this series. But Colorado has trust, and it must continue to trust and feed on it. If the Avs can get goals back from the likes of Helm and defenseman Josh Manson, they'll take a 3-0 lead in Game 4 on Wednesday. Two Minute Game. The Avs have dominated the special teams in the series so far, winning 3-on-8 on the power play and 5-on-5 on penalties. Whichever team wins this comparison in Game 3 will likely win the game -- although Colorado has already proven that it's better when it's evenly matched in strength. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar describes the power play and penalty shootout as a "two-minute game." But if his team is outnumbered, he wants to shorten that stretch by a goal. Bednar has General Manager Joe Sakic and his staff to thank for the four additions after the close, each bolstering specialty teams. Forward Artturi Lehkonen is now No. 1 on the power play and forwards Andrew Cogliano and Nico Sturm as well as defender Manson are regulars in the PK.

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3 odds, tips and predictions

Analysis of Monday's Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3 odds and odds, with tips, predictions and best bets from NHL experts. (Author: Gardener)

Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3The Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Monday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The Avalanche lead the series 2-0. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN+). Lightning Stanley Cup Final Game 3 odds and odds and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets. The Avalanche Streak in Game 3 with two wins in Denver in the first two games. Colorado defeated Tampa Bay 4-3 in overtime in Wednesday's series opener before beating the Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 on Saturday. The Lightning have now lost 2 of their last 3 playoff games to defeat after successfully rebounding in 18 consecutive postseason setbacks before Game 2 against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; For a full list, visit the USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Hub. Avalanche -112 (bet $112 to win $100) | Lightning -108 (bet $108 to win $100) Avalanche -1.5 (+200) | Lightning +1.5 (-290) Darcy Kuemper (8-2-0, 2.44 GAA, 0.901 SV%, 1 SO - Postseason) vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy (12-7-0, 2.60 GAA, 0.918 SV% , 1SO). – Postseason) Kuemper picked a great time for his best performance of the postseason. The Canadian goalie turned aside every one of the 16 shots he faced in Game 2 for his first playoff shutout and second postseason shutout of his career. Vasilevskiy was buried for 7 goals on 30 shots in Game 2, and he has amassed a total of 11 goals in that streak with just 68 shots. The LIGHTNING (-108) are small dogs on home ice, and probably for two reasons. First, the Avalanche mistreated them in Game 2, and second, Colorado has won all 7 of its postseason games on the road. Vasilevskiy will improve greatly in Game 3 after being blitzed for 7 markers on Saturday and he will be the reason Tampa are making this a streak. If you like Tampa on home ice, just play it straight. The Over made money in the first two games of this series, but UNDER 5.5 (-130) is the way to go in Game 3. Tampa Bay should be better defensively on the home ice and draw away from its crowd for a much-needed boost feed. Look for Vasilevskiy to get back to his world-class self in what will be the lowest-scoring game of the series. Behold: ESPN+ has become a must-watch for hockey fans. Sign up for ESPN+ now! Bet online legally with a trusted partner: Tipico Sportsbook, the Official Sportsbook Partner of Sportsbook Wire in CO, NJ and soon IA. If you're looking for more sports betting tips and tricks, access all of our content on SportsbookWire.com and BetFTW, or try our USA TODAY Parlay Calculator. Please gamble responsibly. Follow SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for viewer recommendations on betting services. Tipico has no control over, nor is such revenue in any way dependent on or connected to the newsrooms or reporting. gambling problem?

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Colorado Avalanche overwhelms Tampa Bay Lightning to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals

Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar each scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 and held a 2-0 streak lead. (Author: Gardener)

Colorado AvalancheIf Tampa Bay could survive the energy and excitement of the ball arena, Cooper said it would be fine. It couldn't and it wasn't. Not "by a country mile"...

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Injured Burakowski won't fly Avs to Tampa

Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky remains in Denver for at least a day to be evaluated for an injury. Burakovsky was not ruled out for Game 3 on Monday. (Author: Gardener)

Injured BurakowskiDENVER — Colorado's Andre Burakovsky will not travel with the team to Tampa on Sunday after picking up an injury in the Avalanche's 7-0 win over Lightning in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday. Coach Jared Bednar said Burakovsky is still being evaluated and will join the Avalanche in Tampa on Monday. Burakovsky left the tilt early in the second half on Saturday after slipping a shot from Victor Hedman. It's the second injury Burakovsky picked up in the postseason after missing two games in the Western Conference Finals against Edmonton with a leg injury. Burakovsky said last week he only recently felt on the verge of recovering from the problem, but he was still taking regular maintenance days from practice sessions and morning skates. The Avalanche are already in the top six as Nazem Kadri is out after thumb surgery. He most recently played in Game 3 of the Conference Finals and resumed skating with a stick last week. Bednar said Sunday that Kadri will travel to Tampa with the team but is still considered day-to-day. "We hope to see him again sometime," Bednar said. Burakowski has had his best playoff hockey since replacing Kadri on the Avalanche's second line. The tall winger scored the overtime winner for Colorado in Game 1 and made the most of limited time in Game 2, assisting Valeri Nichushkin's power-play goal with an important assist and scoring another goal of his own. Burakovsky now has three goals and eight points in 12 postseason games. Bednar again juggled his lines in Game 2 without Burakovsky, bringing Artturi Lehkonen into the second session with Mikko Rantanen and J. Colorado will wait and see if Burakovsky can play in Game 3 on Monday.

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Speedy Colorado Avalanche zooms to 2-0 series lead ahead of Bolts

DENVER (AP) -- Marinate on that for a brief moment: Colorado has 11 goals at the Stanley... (Author: Gardener)

ColoradoColorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) meets Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Denver. Colorado Avalanche right winger Valeri Nichushkin celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Denver. Colorado Avalanche right winger Valeri Nichushkin (13) celebrates after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period in Game 2 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Denver has met. Colorado Avalanche center Darren Helm (43) collides with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Denver . Tampa Bay Lightning center Ross Colton (79) and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) attempt to clear after a collision during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday June 18, 2022, to stay upright in Denver. DENVER (AP) -- Marinate on that for a brief moment: Colorado has 11 goals in the Stanley Cup Finals so far and not one from star forward Nathan MacKinnon. Always pushing the pace, the Avalanche clicks on all cylinders, even as MacKinnon's strike is kept under control and Nazem Kadri is sidelined with a thumb injury. This is a bunch coming at you from all directions - regardless of the name on the back of the jersey. At the same time, they have a 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay in the best-of-seven series, with Game 3 in Tampa Monday night. "Definitely the fastest team we've played against," said Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos. "It's no secret that they're a very fast team." Colorado has scored at least seven goals four times in this playoff run, most recently a 7-0 win in Game 2. They are one of only seven NHL teams to have scored that many games with seven or more goals in a postseason. Additionally, the Avalanche became the first NHL team to score 11 or more goals in two games of the Finals since they achieved that feat in 1996. Coach Jared Bednar attributes the offensive fireworks to one big reason - calm. While the Lightning struggled through a tough six-game streak with the New York Rangers, the Avalanche got an extended breather after beating Edmonton. "We've been trying to balance work and rest throughout the year," Bednar explained. Our team just seems really focused, they're dialed in and they're hungry and want to win.” Also, each game has a different player to face the situation. Like Andre Burakovsky who scored the OT winner in Game 1. Or Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar, who each scored two goals in Game 2. They found a way to score early and often with Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is one of the best goalies on the planet. "We think we have to beat them like this," Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson said of the pace. "For us, we can't believe we're under their skin. We can't think like that. We just have to keep going and have this mentality that doesn't stop.” Take Darren Helm, for example: he leads the playoffs with 84 goals, including 22 in the finals. He also had a goal in Game 2, his second of the postseason. "A beast," Makar said of the Veterans Center. Amazon delivery drones are coming to California this year. There's also Darcy Kuemper and his 16-save shutout on Saturday night. He joined Patrick Roy as the Avalanche goalie who recorded a shutout in the Stanley Cup Finals (Roy accomplished that feat in 1996 and twice in 2001 when Colorado won both of its Stanley Cup trophies). "They're playing at an elite level right now," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. MacKinnon has two assists in the series so far. He's realized that he can't always play the lead role. However, he can play the role he is in. In this case, it's all about winning faceoffs, throwing hard punches, and being such an offensive force that Tampa Bay has to keep a constant eye on him. "He doesn't care about goals," Manson said. "Mac scores or not, he drives the game, he wears the boys down, he checks, he's above pucks. He's playing amazing.” That matches Quebec/Colorado's franchise record in a playoff year, which NHL stats show was set by Nordique's great Peter Stastny in 1982 and equaled by MacKinnon in 2020. "We know as a team that we'll be rewarded offensively if we play our best game defensively," said Makar, whose side are 7-0 up in the playoffs so far. “It just comes to that kind of realization every night. They are obviously a great team. "They will throw everything they have at us in the next game.

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