Best bets for the Stanley Cup FinalESPN PLUS ($ MATERIAL)
We are down to the final two teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Can the Tampa Bay Lightning go back-to-back? Will the Montreal Canadiens snap their near 30-year drought of claiming the Stanley Cup?
NHL writers Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan are here to give us their best bets for the Stanley Cup Final.
Tampa Bay Lightning (-270) vs. Montreal Canadiens (+220)Monday's Game 1: Canadiens at Lightning (-1.5)
Money line: Canadiens +175, Lightning -200; Over/under 5 goals
Andrei Vasilevskiy to win Conn Smythe
Kaplan: If the Canadiens win, Carey Price is a clear favorite to win Conn Smythe. If the Lightning win, don't overlook Vasilevskiy. Sure, the Lightning have some of the most skilled skaters in the league -- like Brayden Point, who just put up a nine-game goal streak, and Nikita Kucherov, the 2019 NHL MVP. But Vasilevskiy, the best goalie in the world, is just as much, if not a bigger part of their success. He's gone 12-6 with a 1.99 GAA and .936 save percentage (best of any goalie in this postseason), along with a playoff leading four shutouts. You've probably heard about how, over the last two postseasons, the Lightning are 14-0 after losses. Vasilevskiy is a huge part of that trend, posting four shutouts and nearly a .950 save percentage in those bounce-back games.