Stanley Cup Final player props: Another busy night for Vasilevskiy?

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) blocks a shot as Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin (13) for a rebound during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Denver. (John Locher/AP Photo)

The Colorado Avalanche will take their second crack at winning their third Stanley Cup in franchise history and first since 2001 in Game 6 on Sunday night in Tampa.

The Bolts staved off elimination with a 3-2 victory in Denver on Friday night. With a win in Game 6, the Lightning would become the seventh team to force a Game 7 in a Stanley Cup Final series after facing a 3-1 series deficit. The last time it happened was the Oilers in 2006.

Here are some prop bets to consider for Sunday’s tilt:

PROP No. 1: Andrei Vasilevskiy Over 33.5 Saves (-130)

Death, taxes, and Andrei Vasilevskiy coming up big in the clutch. That’s all you need to know.

The 27-year-old has cleared the 33.5 saves number in four of five outings so far in the series. On top of that, Colorado has averaged 36.2 shots on goal through five games. This one will likely come down to the wire once again. Having said that, it’s tough to bet against Vasilevskiy, especially in a potential elimination game.

PROP No. 2: Nathan MacKinnon Anytime Goal (+180) + Over 4.5 SOG (-160)

If you’re keeping score at home, MacKinnon has one goal on 28 shots through the first five games of the series. Time’s running out but he’s due for a signature night in one of these games, right? The good news is, you know the 29-year-old will keep shooting the puck despite the struggles, he’s cleared the 4.5 number in seven of eight games.

PROP No. 3: Victor Hedman Over 2.5 SOG (-160)

Unequivocally, the Hedman shot prop is back in play tonight. Since Game 1, the 31-year-old has mustered 18 shots on goal clearing the 2.5 number in four straight outings. Additionally, in 22 playoff games, he’s averaged 3.36 shots per game. Take the plunge.

PROP No. 4: Nazem Kadri Over 2.5 SOG (-175)

It’s a steep price but considering his body of work in these playoffs, Kadri should have no problem breezing by the 2.5 number once again. For starters, he had seven shots on goal in Game 5. Primarily known for his play making abilities, the pending UFA adopted a shot first mentality late in the Blues series and hasn’t really looked back since. Honestly, it’s like Kadri and Mikko Rantanen have exchanged roles in these playoffs. Whatever works, and whatever wins us money.

Betting odds listed above via the Bet365 Sportsbook as of Sunday afternoon.

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