Lightning SCF Roundtable: Who steps up, Point’s return, series and Conn Smythe predictions

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With the recent series against the Rangers and their tight goaltending and defense, do we see similar, more offense focused play in this series like we did previously?

Henry Yoho: I think we could see a bit more offense. The Lightning haven’t seen a team that can score and take over a game quite like this Avalanche team. Conversely, the Avalanche haven’t seen a team that can defend like the Lightning or a goaltender close to Andrei Vasilevskiy. Ultimately, the Lightning have the ability to win any sort of way but they will have a better chance of winning if they keep the scoring low.

Stephen Parrino: The Lightning are not going to be able to sit back and play defense against the Avs offense for the majority of games – they will need to sustain offensive pressure. They are going to want to make the Avs play their game, but at the same time all of the Tampa Bay forwards are capable of playing any style necessary, so I am not too concerned about having to play any one style.

Noah Wilson: I think we see some more offense than the New York series with how good the defense is for Colorado. While they have good offense, I would like to see their defense pushed to their limits whenever they have the chance