Edmonton Oilers at Tampa Bay Lightning Game Preview 2/13/20

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Amalie Arena is the site for an enticing clash as the Edmonton Oilers pay a visit to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, and you will be able to catch this cross-continent matchup live on Sportsnet West.

Edmonton Oilers at Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

With a -135 moneyline, Tampa Bay heads into the matchup as the favorite. The line for Edmonton now stands at +115, and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -115 money on the over and -105 for the under.

The Lightning are 37-20 straight-up (SU) and have earned 4.8 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked first in the NHL in this young season, is a regression from the 62-20 record that the team managed during the 2018-19 season campaign. Of the team’s 57 games this season, 28 have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 18-9 SU at home this year.

Tampa Bay has converted on 23.9 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all penalties.

As a team, Tampa Bay has been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, 4.4 per game over its past five games total, and 3.6 per game over its last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 7.2 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, in total.

With a .920 save percentage and 28.1 saves per game, Andrei Vasilevskiy (30-12-3) has been the principal option in goal for the Lightning this year. If they choose to give him the evening off, however, the team may turn to Curtis McElhinney (7-8-8 record, .913 save percentage, 2.75 goals against average).

Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Lightning. Kucherov (70 points) is up to 27 goals and 43 assists and has recorded two or more points in 22 different games this year. Stamkos has 26 goals and 33 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 36 games.

Edmonton has netted 5.0 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 30-26 straight up (SU). A total of 28 of its contests have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under the total and just three have pushed. As the visiting team, Edmonton is 15-13 SU so far.

Edmonton currently has the first-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s converted on 29.9 percent of its extra-man advantages in 2019-20. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fifth overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.5 percent of all opponent power plays.

Edmonton’s skaters have been penalized 3.5 times per game this season, and 4.6 per game over their past five outings. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays an unhealthy 15.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Mikko Koskinen (27.1 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Edmonton. Koskinen owns a 16-15-2 record, while registering a .909 save percentage and 2.91 goals against average this year.

Leon Draisaitl (32 goals, 57 assists) has been one of the primary playmaking threats for the visiting Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Lightning, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Tampa Bay is 2-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Edmonton is 2-2 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone under in four of Tampa Bay’s last five outings.
  • Tampa Bay has allowed 2.7 goals per game overall this season, but has brought that figure down to 1.5 per match up in its past eight games (the team’s a perfect 8-0 SU during that span).
  • Seven of Edmonton’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
  • The Bolts this season have recorded the 10th-most hits per game in the NHL (23.1), but that number has jumped up to 26.8 over their past five games as the home team.