Edmonton Oilers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 10/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-1) at Edmonton Oilers (0-4-1)
NHL Hockey: Monday
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +145 / Tampa Bay Lightning -160 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Edmonton Oilers will play Monday night at the Rexall Place.
The Tampa Bay Lightning play their second road game of the season and have gotten off to a solid 3-1-1 start. The Lightning are playing solid hockey on both sides of the ice led by goalie Ben Bishop, who has allowed just seven goals on 104 shot attempts. Bishop has allowed two or less goals in five of his last seven games and has won six of his last 10 starts. The Tampa Bay Lightning also have the sixth best penalty kill percentage in the league, allowing just two goals on 19 chances. Offensively, Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning with five goals, Victor Hedman has four assists and Alex Killorn has 12 shots on goal. Radko Gudas is questionable for this matchup with a lower body injury.
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The Edmonton Oilers are off to a brutal 0-4-1 start and aren’t doing much of anything right at the moment. Starting with the goalies, Ben Scrivens has allowed 15 goals on 99 shots and Viktor Fasth allowed seven goals on 54 save attempts. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed five or more goals in four of their first five games and have lost nine straight games when allowing more than two goals. The Oilers have the worst save percentage in the league at 4.8. The Oilers are also one of the worst penalty killing teams in the league, allowing at least one goal in four of their five games. Offensively, Taylor Hall leads Edmonton with three goals, Teddy Purcell has two assists and Mark Arcobello has 10 shots on goal.
The Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record. The Oilers are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 32-67 in their last 99 overall. The Lightning are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Edmonton.
I'm not sure how anybody in their right mind can back the Edmonton Oilers with the way they've been playing out of the gate. I don't love the price, but it certainly beats the other option.