Stars vs. Lightning Game 1 Prediction
Game 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final will be played on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET as the Lightning take on the Stars. With Tampa Bay listed as a large favorite and the total sitting at 5 goals, what’s the best play for bettors?
021 Dallas Stars (+140) vs. 022 Tampa Bay Lightning (-161); o/u 5
7:30 p.m. ET, September 19, 2020
NHL Stanley Cup Final, Game 1
Dallas Stars DFS Spin
Ben Bishop is still unfit to play ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay on Saturday. Stars GM Jim Nill didn't have an update on Bishop's status on Friday. The Dallas netminder participated in practice on Wednesday and he skated again on Thursday, but he has appeared in just three games this postseason due to an injury
Tampa Bay Lightning DFS Spin
Brayden Point downplayed his injury on Friday when he spoke with the media. "Everyone on both sides have got something they're dealing with," said Point. "You don't get here without getting dinged up a little bit. It's just about competing." He logged 25:47 of ice time in Thursday's 2-1 overtime win over the New York Islanders to help the Lightning advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay will face the Dallas Stars in the series opener for hockey's ultimate prize on Saturday.
Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Betting Prediction
The over is 15-5-1 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams and even though the Stars have showed the defensive prowess over the past two weeks to shut down their opponents, the Lightning are a different animal. The over is 3-1-2 in Tampa Bay’s last six games after scoring two goals or less in its previous contest and is a perfect 5-0 in the last five times the Lightning played Western Conference foes. Meanwhile, the over has cashed in four of the Stars’ last five non-conference matchups and is 5-2-2 in their last nine games after allowing two goals or less in their previous contest.
2020 NHL GAME 1 STANLEY CUP FINAL PREDICTION: STARS/LIGHTNING OVER 5