3 Keys: Avalanche at Lightning, Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final

Avalanche (1C) into Lightning (3A)

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Colorado leads best-of-7 series 2-0

The Tampa Bay Lightning know they’ll need more than a boost from their home crowd in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final against the Colorado Avalanche at Amalie Arena on Monday.

After losing the first two games of the series at Ball Arena in Denver, including 7-0 in Game 2 on Saturday, Tampa Bay hopes to get back to playing the structured defensive game that served it well through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup. . playoffs.

“We’re not in a do-or-die situation right now, but let’s go out there and find our best game right now,” Lightning forward. garnet pat said. “They haven’t seen the best of us, so we’re excited. Hopefully we can show them the best of us tonight.”

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Tampa Bay is 7-1 at home, including seven straight wins since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, the Avalanche are 7-0 on the road, so they are comfortable on the road in a hostile environment.

“Part of it is staying balanced,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “Part of it, regardless of the venue, we have to play with our identity, play with the right amount of detail and competitiveness, and we’ve done that on the road this season, not just at home. So it doesn’t change much for us. It’s about about us and what we have to do to be successful.

Teams that take a 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 Cup final are 27-1 (.964) winning the series. Teams that lead 3-0 in any round are 199-4 (.980), including 3-0 this postseason. (The Avalanche swept the Nashville Predators in the first round and swept the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference finals. The Lightning swept the Florida Panthers in the second round.)

Here are 3 keys to Game 3:

1. Start on time

Getting off to a better start is essential for the Lightning after the Avalanche led 2-0 in the first 9:23 of their 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 and 2-0 after 7:55 in Game 2. .

Instead of just trying to weather the early storm, the Lightning need to play on the Avalanche end more since the puck drop. Colorado scored a power play goal in the first period of each of the first two games, so avoiding early penalties would also help.

“Just simplify our game and please don’t take a penalty in the first five minutes of the game,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “When you take the puck out of their hand, you don’t give them the momentum they want. But give them credit, it’s a great trait to have, it’s starting fast and playing up front. It would be nice to have these guys chase a game for once.” instead of us.”

2. Availability of Burakovsky and Point

Andre Burakovsky It’s day to day and Bednar said “we’ll see” when asked if the striker will play on Monday. Burakovsky left Game 2 after taking a hit to the hand on a shot by defenseman Lightning Victor Hedman early in the second period.

Burakovsky was expected to join the Avalanche in Tampa on Monday after staying home to be tested on Sunday, but he didn’t make it in time for the morning skate. He made a big impact in the first two games of the final, scoring the game-winner in overtime in Game 1 and notching a goal and an assist in Game 2.

“It will be a test, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before,” Colorado forward gabriel landeskog Said of potentially playing without Burakovsky. “…It’s been whoever’s ready, he’s ready to go. It’s no different tonight.”

Cooper said brayden point it will be a decision at game time after the forward missed the morning skate. Point played the first two games of the Final after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury he sustained in Game 7 of the first round.

3. Generate more shots

avalanche goalkeeper darcy kumper he faced 23 shots on goal in Game 1 and 16 in Game 2, when he earned the second playoff shutout of his NHL career. The Lightning were limited to 29 shot attempts in Game 2, when the Avalanche had 60.

Tampa Bay hopes to make Kuemper work harder in Game 3.

“We need more shot volume,” Maroon said. “We need more net attempts. We need them fighting in the D zone. It looks like it’s easy for them to come out right now and I think that would be a start: get the pucks in early, get into the forecheck.” , slow down your D so they can’t get on the ice. I think last game we got hit on the ice too many times… So most importantly, just get that puck in right away and slow down their offense. The longer we play offense, the better it is for (us) because they can’t go and transition to offense.”

Avalanche Projected Lineup

Gabriel Landeskog. Nathan MackinnonValeri Nichushkin

Nicholas Aube-KubelJT CompherMikko Rantanen

alex newhookdarren helmarturi lehkonen

Andrew CoglianoNico SturmLogan O’Connor

Devon ToewsCala Makar

Jack Johnsonjoseph manson

Bowenโ€“Byramerik johnson

darcy kumper

pavel francouz

Lined: Just Annunen, Ryan Murray, Kurtis MacDermidJacob MacDonald Jayson Megna

Injured: samuel girard (breastbone), nazem kadri (hand), Andre Burakovsky (upper body)

Projected Lightning Alignment

Palate of OndrejSteven StammosNikita Kucherov

Brandon Hagelantonio cirellialex killorn

rosscolton — Brayden Point — Nicholas Paul

Pat Garnet — Pierre-Edouard Bellemarecorey perry

Victor Hedmann. Jan Rutta

ryan macdonaghErik Cernak

mikhail sergachevZach Bogosian

Andrey Vasilyevsky

Brian Elliott

Lined: foot of limeFredrik Claesson, Riley Nash

Injured: None

status report

Landeskog (maintenance) did not participate in the morning skate, but is expected to play. … Nash will be in the lineup if Point can’t play.

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