Edmonton Oilers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL: Thursday, February 13, Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, 7:00 PM ET
Thursday night’s interconference clash at Amalie Arena in Tampa will see the Edmonton Oilers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time this season. The Lightning are undefeated in three straight meetings with the Oilers, while they’ve won nine of the previous 13 contests against Edmonton.
The Oilers start a three-game road trip on the east coast, searching for their third victory in a row. On the other side, the Lightning are rolling on an eight-game winning streak, while they are undefeated in nine straight showings on the home ice.
The Oilers beat the Blackhawks behind another tremendous performance by Leon DraisaitlEdmonton is coming off a 5-3 home victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. The Oilers overcame a 3-2 deficit and fully deserved to beat the Blackhawks who tried their best and took 41 shots towards Mike Smith. Leon Draisaitl led the way for the Oilers, scoring one goal and dishing out three assists, while Kailer Yamamoto netted twice.
The Oilers are 11th in the league in goals scored per game (3.20). Centers Leon Draisaitl (G32, A57) and Connor McDavid (G30, A51) are leading the NHL in points, but the Oilers are still far away from securing the playoff spot. Edmonton sits at the second spot of the Pacific Division, just two points ahead of the fourth-place Vegas Golden Knights and one point behind the Vancouver Canucks.
Mike Smith has guarded the cage in the previous two games, and he’s won three straight contests. Hereof, we expect him to get another starting nod on Thursday. Smith is 15-9-4 on the season and has a 2.96 GAA and a .902 save percentage. Mikko Koskinen is 15-11-2 with a 2.91 GAA and a .909 save percentage, while the Oilers are 21st in the league in goals against (3.11).
The Lightning dodged the bullet in PittsburghTampa Bay’s winning streak was in jeopardy Tuesday night, but the Lightning found a way to beat the Penguins 2-1 in overtime. They overcame the first-period deficit thanks to Mikhail Sergachev’s power-play goal, while Yanni Gourde scored the game-winner 2:45 into overtime. Still, Andrei Vasilevskiy was Tampa’s hero with 35 stops and a .972 save percentage.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is enjoying a wonderful season. He’s 30-9-3 and has a 2.44 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Vasilevskiy has won six games in a row, while he’s surrendered only six goals in four outings in February. Andrei should get another starting call on Thursday, while his backup, Curtis McElhinney is 7-6-2 on the season with a 2.75 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
The Lightning are fourth in the league in goals against (2.67), and their defense has improved a lot over the last two months. On the other side, the Lightning are fourth in the league in goals scored per game (3.53), and their offense has been terrific all season long. Tampa Bay holds the second spot in the Atlantic Division, 11 points ahead of the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs and one point behind the Boston Bruins.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Edmonton:
- 2-7 in the last nine games against Tampa Bay
- 0-7 in the last seven road contests against Tampa Bay
- 8-0 in the last eight games overall
- 9-0 in the last nine games at home
- 5-1 in the last six home games against the Western Conference