Looking at Lightning vs Stars betting, the Tampa Bay Lightning will try once again to close out the Stanley Cup Final and hoist the trophy for the first time since 2004 on Monday night. However, the underdog Dallas Stars are looking to keep their magical run alive and lay everything on the line in the NHL bubble to force Game 7.
The injuries have piled up for the Stars, and the Lightning are once again the clear favorites to win this one. Although if we’ve learned anything after Game 5, it’s that there is never a true lock in the NHL playoffs.
Tampa Bay has been known to falter under its own lofty expectations, as Lightning fans certainly remember the disappointing years of 2015, 2016, and 2018. Not to mention getting swept by the No. 8 seed in the first round of the playoffs last year. If Dallas were to force a Game 7, the momentum would shift greatly in its favor.
Lightning vs Stars Betting Series Recap
The Stars jumped out first and won Game 1 behind a spectacular performance from goalie Anton Khudobin, and it seemed as if Dallas was the hottest it could be. After blowing through the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 in the Western Conference finals, the Stars seemed like they couldn’t be stopped and would complete their incredible run all the way to the Cup.
That all changed in a heartbeat as the Lightning took three straight games off Dallas and put it in a hole that seemed all but impossible to dig out of.
In Game 2, the Lightning began the first period with three goals, and that was all they needed, going on to win the game in what turned out to be a nail-biting 3-2 final.
Game 3 was all Tampa Bay, as it scored five goals by five different players and won handily, 5-2. It seemed like Dallas never stood a chance the entire game.
Finally, in Game 4, Kevin Shattenkirk played the hero for Tampa Bay and won the game in overtime on a power-play goal. It was about the most gut-wrenching loss you could think of for the Stars, who blew a two-goal lead in the first period and desperately needed to bounce back. The magic seemed to have all but run out for Dallas, and Tampa Bay was the heavy favorite in Game 5 to win it all.
However, there was still some life left for the Stars, who won an incredible game in double overtime off the stick of Corey Perry to stay alive. Khudobin had another beautiful performance, stopping 39 of 41 shots, including a barrage of great chances by Tampa Bay to end the season in the first overtime.
Now, after games on back-to-back nights, the two teams got the day off Sunday and are set to play once again Monday night. It’s up to Dallas to lay out everything it has to give it a chance at glory in Game 7.
Lightning vs Stars Betting Tips
The Stars are once again underdogs, with most sportsbooks having the moneyline in the +140 to +150 range, while the Lightning are sitting as comfortable favorites in the -160 to -170 range. As much as I’d love to see Dallas pull off a miracle comeback in this series and force what would likely be an incredible Game 7, the Lightning are the better team by far.
Smart money is going on Tampa Bay to take the Stanley Cup home on Monday; however, if you’re feeling frisky, I wouldn’t blame you for taking a tantalizing +150 just in case we see some fireworks. I’m predicting a final score of 4-2, with the Lightning finally popping the champagne they’ve kept on ice for a long, long time.
The Pick: Lightning (-170)