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(15-13-1-1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Edmonton Oilers (15-12-3-2)
Date: Saturday December 17th
Time: 10:00 PM
Venue: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Edmonton -150
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Two teams looking for some sort of stability this season meet on Saturday as the Tampa Bay Lightning meet with the Edmonton Oilers.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the midst of a 3 game road trip that started off on the right foot when they took down Calgary 6-3.
The Lightning will endure a back to back to close the homestand out as they take a shot at Vancouver on Friday and then Edmonton on Saturday.
The issue for this Tampa Bay team and them being unable to find stability has been the struggles on the defensive end.
Tampa Bay ranks 17th in the NHL, as they give up 2.8 goals per contest. What really hurts them is the 31 shots against. The Lightning have one of the top goalies in the NHL in Ben Bishop, but their inability to clear the zone and clean up rebounds in front of the net has forced them into some tough spots.
Look for them to try and control the tempo and pace of play here on Saturday, as they cannot afford to get into a track meet with this being a back to back.
The Oilers have been off since Monday, when they fell to the Blue Jackets 3-1 at home.
Edmonton is a very similar team to the Lightning, as they both struggle on the defensive end. The Oilers are right there with Tampa Bay in both goals against and shots against as they give up 2.7, while allowing 30.2 shots per game.
Where this team does really shine is on the offensive end.
Edmonton ranks in the top 10 in goals scored, shots, and power play percentage. The Oilers are putting in 2.9 goals per game and averaging 31.8 shots per contest.
This Edmonton team likes to play extremely fast and will attack the net consistently. Look for that to be a key here as they will try to take advantage of the Lightning and their fatigue.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Lightning are 20-9 in their last 29 vs. Pacific.
- Lightning are 35-16 in their last 51 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Lightning are 13-6 in their last 19 Saturday games.
- Oilers are 3-7 in their last 10 home games.
- Oilers are 5-13 in their last 18 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Oilers are 13-38 in their last 51 Saturday games.
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Edmonton Oilers NHL Hockey Prediction:
Look at this game to be a spot where the Over has value.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: OVER 5.5
Both teams will pepper the goal and get plenty of chances up front.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 4 – Edmonton 3
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