Nazem Kadri returned from injury to play in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career last night.
It was an unforgettable debut.
Kadri scored his first career playoff overtime goal as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead.
It was Colorado’s ninth comeback win of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is one shy of matching the all-time record for the most in a single postseason.
It wasn’t without a little controversy, either.
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Kadri’s OT Winner Gives Colorado 3-1 Lead
It took a few moments for Kadri and almost everybody else that was watching Game 4 to realize that he has scored the overtime winner.
It took a lot longer than that to realize that the Avalanche had six skaters on the ice when Kadri scored the goal.
It wasn’t until Lightning head coach Jon Cooper took the podium to deliver his post-game remarks that I even realized there was an issue with the winner.
Kadri anytime goal scorer was +240 at FanDuel.
Kadri to score and Colorado to win was +370.
Entering Game 4, Tampa Bay had not allowed a 5-on-5 goal on home ice since Game 6 of the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
They gave up two at 5-on-5 last night, although I guess technically it was 6-on-5 when Kadri scored the winner.
Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Andrew Cogliano tied it for the Avalanche at 5-on-5.
Earlier in the game, Nathan MacKinnon ended his Stanley Cup Final goal drought with a power play marker for Colorado’s first of the night.
MacKinnon anytime goal scorer was +164 at FanDuel.
MacKinnon to score and the Avalanche to win was +320.
Teams that take a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final are 35-1 all-time.
Looking at the updated Stanley Cup winner odds at FanDuel this morning, Colorado is now -1250 to win it all.
That number represents a 92.6 per cent implied probability.
The Avalanche are -166 to clinch the Stanley Cup on home ice in Game 5 on Friday night.
The Lightning are +140 to win Game 5 and +900 to win three in a row.
As somebody that was sitting on a futures ticket with Colorado to beat Tampa Bay as the exact Stanley Cup outcome at +4700, I never thought about hedging at any point and I’m glad that I didn’t now.
The Lightning are 3-0 when facing elimination in the playoffs over the past three seasons, but they never had to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, and the best team in hockey has them on the ropes heading into Game 5.
NBA Draft First Overall Pick Odds On The Move
We are only hours away from the 2022 NBA Draft.
Unfortunately for me, I had to redo this entire section after the following tweet:
Auburn’s Jabari Smith, who was the heavy favourite to go first overall at FanDuel just 24 hours ago at -260, was +125 to go No. 1 early this morning before Adrian Wojnarowski’s tweet.
Duke’s Paolo Banchero, who was +260 to go first overall yesterday, was the favourite to go No. 1 at -210 early this morning before that tweet.
Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren was the third choice to go No. 1 at +1100 this morning at FanDuel.
At the time that I initially submitted this article, the odds to go first overall in the NBA Draft were off the board at most sportsbooks, including FanDuel.
When I check in again on FanDuel, the odds to go first overall were back up with Smith at -10000 and Banchero at +900.
Shortly after that, FanDuel made Smith to go first overall -6000, with Banchero at +600 to go first overall.
If the past 24 hours are any indication, those odds will continue to move in the coming hours.
Meanwhile, Canadians Bennedict Mathurin and Shaedon Sharpe are both expected to go in the top-10 tonight.
That hasn’t changed.
Mathurin is -9000 to go in the top-10 at FanDuel – a 98.9 per cent implied probability.
His draft position over/under at FanDuel is currently 6.5, and it’s juiced to the under at -420 this morning.
Sharpe is -4000 to go in the top-10 at FanDuel – a 97.6 per cent implied probability.
His draft position over/under at FanDuel is currently 7.5 - juiced to the over at -174.
Riders, Alouettes Set To Kick Off Week 3
Week 3 of the CFL season kicks off tonight on TSN.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders opened as a three-point favourite for tonight’s game against the Montreal Alouettes at FanDuel.
It’s now Roughriders -3, with the total set at 45.5.
I’ll be back on Twitter Spaces just after noon today with Eric Cohen, Davis Sanchez and Aaron Korolnek to talk best bets for Week 3.
Make sure you give us a follow @TSN_EDGE and tune in at 12:30 PM ET for our final show before kick-off.