The Edmonton Oilers (18-14-3) meet the Tampa Bay Lightning (26-7-2) at Rogers Place on Saturday night.
The Oilers were last in action on Tuesday night, when they went down to a 4-1 loss on home-ice against the St. Louis Blues as a result of conceding three unanswered goals in the final Period.
The Oilers are currently averaging 2.80 Goals per Game, which leaves them tied 23rd in the overall NHL standings for the season. Defensively they are allowing exactly 3.00 Goals per Game, which puts them 16th overall. On an individual basis, Connor McDavid is the key player for the Oilers, having contributed 19 goals and registered 30 assists to date.
The Lightning had a road trip to the Calgary Flames on the Thursday evening prior to this game, with their last available result prior to that being a 5-2 win at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
The Lightning average 4.03 Goals per Game, which puts them 1st in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.83 Goals per Game, which leaves them 10th overall. On an individual player basis, Brayden Point has provided 21 goals, while Nikita Kucherov has contributed 35 assists.
The Oilers have the benefit of having had a couple of days’ additional preparation time for the game and the advantage of home-ice. However the betting predictions for this game have to take account of the Lightning’s current form in winning nine of their last 10 games. Given the Lightning’s goal scoring average too, they have to be the tips on the Money Line odds in this game.
Pick: Money Line – Tampa Bay Lightning