Morning coffee: The stage is set for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals


For the first time in 13 years, the two preseason favorites to win it all will meet in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Colorado Avalanche, who were +550 to win the Stanley Cup on opening night, became favorites.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who had +650 to win it all on opening night, could find themselves up to +2100 to win the Cup at FanDuel Sportsbook when they trailed the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 at the first round of the playoffs.

As of this morning, Colorado remains a strong favorite to win the Stanley Cup Final at FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Avalanche have -148 to win Game 1 and -175 to win the series.

The Lightning have +126 to win Game 1 and +150 to win the Stanley Cup for the third straight season.

Here is the TSN EDGE Morning Coffee for Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Avalanche the favorite to win Game 1, Stanley Cup

Heading into the Stanley Cup Finals, no one defined what was at stake for both teams better than Cale Makar.

The Lightning is a team looking to become a dynasty.

The Avalanche are a team looking to create a legacy.

Here’s what’s at stake tonight: Since the Stanley Cup Finals moved to a best-of-seven series in 1939, the winner of Game 1 is 62-20 all-time.

However, three of the last four teams to lose Game 1 have won the Cup, most recently including Tampa Bay in six against the Dallas Stars in 2020.

There has been a noticeable move in terms of money line odds for tonight’s opener.

Colorado was -164 to win Game 1 on Tuesday morning.

This silver line number went down to -148 this morning.

The Lightning up for grabs has gone from +136 to +126 in the last 24 hours.

The total has not budged from more than 6 to 115.

I’m leaning towards the Avalanche in Game 1, but haven’t bet it yet, and I’m in no rush to do so as bettors are rushing to bet Tampa Bay at plus-money.

Colorado to win in 5 and Colorado to win in 7 remain the top picks in FanDuel’s correct score market this morning, with both options at +410.

The Avalanche to win in 6 is +440.

Tampa Bay to win in 6 is +540, while Tampa to win in 7 is +590.

I’m already invested in the Avalanche to beat the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final thanks to a bet I placed in the first round, and I didn’t rush to cover my position when Tampa Bay clinched the title of the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, FanDuel has also posted a wide range of specials for the Stanley Cup Finals, including a special I bet in the Western Conference Finals, which I’m looking to bet again now.

Nathan MacKinnon to score 3+ goals in the series against the Edmonton Oilers was -178 at FanDuel.

He scored exactly three goals in a Colorado sweep.

FanDuel has MacKinnon to score over 3 goals at -128 for the Stanley Cup Final.

I’m betting on this special again and hope MacKinnon has something special in store for his first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

CFL Week 2 Early Learning

With three full days between NBA Finals games, we had a bit more time to spend looking at some early changes for the CFL in Week 2.

We recorded our latest hit on CFL’s Twitter Spaces on Tuesday, and it didn’t take long for the numbers to move after taping.

When FanDuel posted their week 2 lines on Monday a bunch of us jumped on the Ottawa Redblacks +5.5 for their rematch with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers which was a number I got highlighted in yesterday’s column.

While we played it at 5.5, Eric Cohen and Milt Stegall gave Ottawa +4.5 as Early Lean on Tuesday’s show.

Looking at the updated odds from FanDuel this morning, the Blue Bombers are now just a 2.5 point favorite.

Meanwhile, I also jumped on the Saskatchewan Roughriders -6.5 for their matchup with the Edmonton Elks.

That number has since jumped one point to Saskatchewan -7.5.

We’ll be back with more CFL spaces this afternoon, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and tune in.

NBA Game 6 Odds Update

As mentioned, we have plenty of time to reflect and prepare to bet Game 6 of the NBA Finals with three days between games.

As of 8 a.m. ET this morning, the Boston Celtics are a 3.5 point favorite at FanDuel Sportsbook.

We’ve already seen the line move towards Boston -4 in a few places, and we could potentially see it move to FanDuel soon as well as it’s currently -3.5 -114.

The favorite is 3-2 so far in the series, while the winner has covered in all five games.

The Golden State Warriors are now -400 to win the championship at FanDuel.

The Celtics to win the next two games and clinch the title is +310.


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