Tampa Bay Lightning (27-7-2) at Edmonton Oilers (18-14-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +135 / Tampa Bay Lightning -177 --- Over/Under: 6.5
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The Edmonton Oilers look to continue their recent success at home on Saturday as they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to town.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to add to their early season resume with a road win in Edmonton on Saturday night and with a victory the Bolts would humble an Oilers group that has been red hot on home ice over the last couple of weeks. Tampa Bay boasts one of the league’s best teams in the NHL and it doesn’t seem to matter whether they are on the road or at home as they have sifted through the competition without much difficulty this season. The Bolts also have Andrei Vasilevskiy back between the pipes after he was out for a lengthy period with a lower body injury and his presence back in the crease gives this team even more confidence. He is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Miikko Kosinen who has taken over starting duties for the Oilers under Ken Hitchcock.
The Oilers look as though they have turned a corner and are ready to compete for a playoff spot again this season after falling well short of expectations last season. The Oil have gone on a 6-1 stretch in their last 7 games on home ice but they will be in tough here against a Lightning side that is a staggering 48-10 in their last 58 games when their opponent scores two or fewer goals in their last game. Edmonton has had their way with Tampa in this series lately as they are 6-1 in their last 7 games on home ice against the Lightning and the home team is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings which should give Edmonton backers something to clutch onto here.
The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 49-24 in their last 73 road games while the Oilers are 5-2 in their last 7 games after scoring 2 or fewer in their previous game and have hit the Under in 6 of their last 7 home games. The Lightning are one of the league’s best but Edmonton has dominated this series at home and they add to it as a nice home dog.