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Edmonton Oilers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/5/14

Tampa Bay Lightning (25-12-4) at Edmonton Oilers (13-26-5)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Rexall Place)

The Line: Edmonton Oilers +105 / Tampa Bay Lightning -116 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds


The Tampa Bay Lightning head into Edmonton to take on the Oilers at Rexall Place on Sunday night.

Tampa Bay is coming off of a 2-0 victory against the Calgary Flames, a game that saw Ben Bishop save 19 shots to earn his fourth shutout of the season. Bishop has the best save percentage in the NHL at .936 and currently sits in third place in the league with a 1.83 GAA. Some feel that Bishop was snubbed by being left off the USA Olympic roster. Regardless, the win against Calgary makes the Bolts 7-2-1 in its last ten contests. Without superstar center Steven Stamkos, who has missed nearly two months now with a broken tibia, the Lightning are 13-7-1. Stamkos is nearing his return, and Tampa seems to be putting things together at the right time. 

Edmonton Oilers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/5/14

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On the other hand, the woes of the Edmonton Oilers continue. The Oilers are just 2-6-2 in the last ten games, and the team is coming off of a 5-2 loss to the Pacific Division rival Anaheim Ducks. Edmonton maintained a 2-1 lead through most of the first period before the Ducks proceeded to score four unanswered goals in a route of the Oilers. Taylor Hall remains hot for Edmonton, tallying 11 points in his last eight, and forward David Perron has six points in his last six contests.

Tampa Bay is 5-0 in the last five road games and similarly 5-0 in the last five when playing on one day of rest. The home team is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams. Edmonton will be playing its third game in a four day span, which doesn’t bode well for a team that gives up the most goals against in the league. The Edmonton faithful will undoubtedly come out to support the home team, but I think the play here is on Tampa Bay.

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