Edmonton Oilers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Match Preview & Betting Odds 2018/19
December 20, 2018
The Edmonton Oilers (18-14-3) meet the Tampa Bay Lightning (26-7-2) on Saturday night at Rogers Place.
The Oilers last played on Tuesday night, when they went down to a 4-1 loss on home-ice against the St. Louis Blues after conceding three goals in the final Period.
The Oilers are currently averaging 2.80 Goals per Game, which leaves them tied 23rd in the overall NHL standings for the season to date. Defensively they are allowing exactly 3.00 Goals per Game, which places them 16th overall. On an individual basis, Connor McDavid has contributed 19 goals and registered 30 assists to date.
The Lightning had a road trip to the Calgary Flames on the Thursday evening prior to this game, but their last result prior to that was a 5-2 win at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
With an average of 4.03 Goals per Game, the Lightning sit proudly in 1st place in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.83 Goals per Game, which leaves them 10th overall. On an individual player basis, Brayden Point has 21 goals, while Nikita Kucherov has contributed 35 assists so far.
Although the Oilers could benefit from having more preparation time for the game and have in Connor McDavid a player who would start in any NHL team, the betting predictions for this game have to focus on the formidable form of the Lightning in winning nine of their last 10 games. The Lightning also light the lamp on a regular basis, so they have to be the tips on the Money Line odds in this game.
Pick: Money Line – Tampa Bay Lightning
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