The NHL pick for today features Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers in the interconference matchup. The Oilers are vying for the top spot in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference and bring a two-game winning run to Florida hoping to extend it. The franchise is only three points short of top spot and has the edge over their opponents as they are the underdogs in this matchup. They come into the game-winning eight of the last twelve games.
NHL teams would want to avoid playing Tampa Bay Lightning under their current form. The East Coast team is blitzing every team they come across. On Thursday night, they’ll be looking to stretch their eight-game winning streak and put pressure on the Atlantic Division leaders, the Boston Bruins. Even against the best defense, it seems like Tampa Bay always finds an answer.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers Predictions
In the last two games they played, the Lightning won close games against Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins by the same scoreline. They would only score two goals to the one that they conceded. This probably the only criticism that you can level at the team. Their overall stats prove that their current system is working for them. Let’s see what the numbers say:
Well, Tampa Bay is now averaging 3.6 goals per game after low scoring outings, scoring a low 24 percent of their overall power-play chances. The leading scorer is Steven Stamko, who has 26 goals this season.
The Lightning team is protected by its superb defensive backline. They are only allowing 2.7 goals each game and putting a stop to 84.2 percent of their rival’s power plays. Key in their defense is Andrei Vasilevskiy who only let in 103 goals on 1,283 shots sent his direction. He’s had help on the odd occasion from Curtis McElhinney, who has faced 470 shots and only allowed 41 goals.
The Edmonton Oilers’ offense will be tested against this strong wall. They are averaging 3.2 goals per game and scoring on 30.5 percent of their power play.
Against teams from the Eastern Conference, the Oilers have been on a good stretch, with a 5-1 to prove that this game won’t be an easy one. They will be banking on Leon Draisaitl to continue his great exploits tonight. He leads the team with 32 goals this season.
NHL Moneyline Odds
If history is any indicator, Tampa Bay is going to win this matchup again. Out of the last nine head-to-head matchups between the two NHL teams, the Edmonton Oilers only won two of the games and surrendered seven times. It would take a brave man to go against those odds. Tampa Bay will win this game and increase their winning streak. Who can stop them?
Date & Time: Thursday February 13, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST)
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