The Tampa Bay Lightning got themselves back in this series with a massive 6-2 victory on home ice in Game 3, but the Colorado Avalanche didn’t play as poorly as the scoreboard may appear.
To level the series before it heads back to Denver, the Lightning will need another big game out of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who will no doubt be tested by Colorado’s firepower.
Here are our best free NHL player prop picks for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 22.
Avalanche vs Lightning Game 4 prop picks
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Avalanche vs Lightning Game 4 props
Can Vasy stand on his head again?
Andrei Vasilevskiy put on quite the strong performance in Game 3 as he made 37 saves and had a .949 save percentage. He was not at his best in the first two games of this series, but most people suspected that he would show up on home ice where Tampa Bay is 8-1 in this postseason.
The Colorado offense is so talented and has shown up in all three games thus far, so you can expect them to throw a ton of shots on Vasilevskiy yet again. The Avs are averaging 39.8 shots on goal per game in these playoffs and 35.6 in this series.
Colorado knows what it takes to be successful and they will have to make some adjustments between Games 3 and 4, but one thing that remains consistent is their offense.
Vasilevskiy will be tested once again and I expect him to show up in a big way.
PICK: Andrei Vasilevskiy Over 32.5 saves (-125)
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Nathan MacKinnon ready for a big game
Nathan MacKinnon has been held to just one assist in the last two games of this series and I think everyone knows that he’s due for a breakout game.
MacKinnon has been an absolute beast in these playoffs and he has still played well in this series even if he hasn’t been all over the scoresheet.
In the first three games of this series, MacKinnon has a total of 14 shots on goal which is about 4.6 per game, but throughout the playoffs, he has been averaging 5.6 shots on goal per game. He is very consistent and he is aware of how important this game is for his team.
I expect MacKinnon to play his best game of the series thus far in this Game 4 as he knows that if his team wins they will have a chance to win the Stanley Cup on home ice in Game 5.
PICK: Nathan MacKinnon Over 4.5 shots (-130)
Can Stamkos step up again?
Steven Stamkos has been the ultimate leader for the Tampa Bay Lightning in this postseason, fronting the team with 10 goals in the team’s 20 games thus far. He had a huge performance in Game 3, tallying a goal and an assist along with five shots on goal to help get his team back in the series.
Stamkos has been in this position before and so have his teammates and they’ll do everything they can to throw pucks on Darcy Kuemper who looked very shaky in Game 3. This is the most important game of the year for the Lightning because if they lose, they will be put in a very tough 3-1 series hole.
I expect another strong performance from the captain to help tie this series up.
PICK: Steven Stamkos Over 3.5 shots (+120)
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