Edmonton Oilers (32-19-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (26-24-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 21, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -115 / Edmonton Oilers +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Edmonton Oilers look to stay hot when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning for a Tuesday night NHL hockey bout.
The Edmonton Oilers know if they are to make a move in the standings then now is the time as the end of the season isn’t light years away. The Oilers came up huge on Saturday with a 3-1 win at the United Center and the Chicago Blackhawks for win number three in a row while opening a six game road swing on a positive note. Edmonton received goals from Connor McDavid, Milan Lucic and Matt Benning while Cam Talbot was outstanding between the pipes with 38 saves to get the win. Richard Panik scored Chicago’s lone goal with under five minutes remaining to avoid the shutout with Corey Crawford stopping 19 shots as the Hawks five game winning streak ended.
The Tampa Bay Lightning need a big second half run if they are to sniff the postseason and they took a step in the right direction with a 3-2, overtime win at the Pepsi Center and the Colorado Avalanche. The Lightning blew a 2-0 lead but that was all forgotten Jonathan Drouin tallied at 2:27 in to the extra session. Vladislav Namestnikov and Brayden Point also joined the scoring column for TB while Ben Bishop picked up the win. The struggling Avalanche erased a 2-0 deficit on goals from Mikko Rantanen and Matt Duchene with Duchene scoring with a mere 42 seconds remaining in regulation but Calvin Pickard absorbed a tough loss in OT as the late rally went for naught.
The under is 6-0 in Oilers last 6 road games and the under is 6-0 in Oilers last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record while the under is 4-1 in Oilers last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Lightning are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and the over is 6-1-2 in Lightning last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record while the Lightning are 1-5 in their last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation. The Oilers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay and the home team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings while the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The trends support the Lightning and the under although goalies have yet to be named…