The Lightning are staying alive in the series, after winning a game 5 battle, 3-2. The Avalanche still hold a 3-2 series, but will now be tasked with winning in Tampa to avoid an anything-can-happen game 7.
As we turn to game 6, the Avalanche remain road favorites. Oddsmakers seem to have doubts the Lightning offense can consistently fight off the Avalanche attack. And for good reason. The Lightning have done a great job in this series of neutralizing the Avalanche high potency offense. However, they’ve struggled to muster up the offensive prowess to capitalize on the Avalanche struggles.
In a win or go home game 6, can the Lightning find the clutch gear one more time and take care of business on their home ice?
The Lightning defense has bothered the Avalanche offense during the entire Stanley Cup Finals. Colorado has not had the high potency attack that we’ve come to expect. Instead, the Avalanche have to rely on clutch goal scoring and playing from behind. Both of which they haven’t been used to this postseason.
As long as the Avalanche continue to allow Tampa to throw them off their game, they’ll allow the Lightning to remain competitive. Coach Jared Bednar called for the team to play with more passion and energy in game 5. Unfortunately, the Avalanche could not match the energy of Tampa, allowing the Lightning to dictate the pace of play.
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Colorado must regroup quickly after a bad game 5 loss. If they allow Tampa to continue dictating the game, they’ll find themselves in a game 7 on Tuesday night.
The Lightning should have all the confidence in the world going into game 6. Their ability to control the puck and dominate the pace was on full display in game 5. The big question surrounding the Lightning is can they do that consistently?
Tampa’s m.o. this series has been to play with enough energy to suffocate the Avalanche attack. So far in this series, they have succeeded at that. Luckily for the lightning, they’ll play their 2nd elimination game at home. On their home ice, they should have no issue sustaining their defensive energy. The only thing left is to come up with clutch offense for the 2nd game in a row.
The Avalanche are a team that thrives on momentum. With their momentum depleted, the Lightning know now is their time to strike. With a newly energized home crowd behind them, I believe Tampa came stave off the Avalanche attack for at least 1 more game.
To force a game 7, they’ll have to rely on timely scoring. The Avalanche are too good to just lay down in game 6. They’ll have their run and stretch of dominance, but the Lightning have the experience to sustain that and counter with a run of their own.
Avalanche vs. Lightning Game 6 Prediction
The Lightning force a game 7 by winning a hard fought game 6. With their home crowd behind them and the Avalanche’s slowed momentum, the back to back champs have the experience to hold off elimination in Tampa.