Two of the best teams in the NHL are set to meet up on Tuesday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Edmonton Oilers. It’s been a solid start for each team, who are both expected to get better as the season goes along.
Edmonton has not been playing great hockey of late and is in the middle of a three-game losing streak. The Oilers have still picked up 14 points and they are never a fun team to deal with.
Tampa Bay comes into this game with 15 points and has won four of its last five games. The Lighting has also won two of the last three Stanley Cup titles and is once again loaded with talent.
The NHL betting lines for this game have the Tampa Bay Lightning as the Moneyline betting favorites over the Edmonton Oilers.
Oilers Flying Around on Offense
The Edmonton Oilers continue to be one of the best offensive teams in the league, as they are averaging 3.85 goals. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl just continue to put up ridiculous stats on offense, but scoring goals isn’t all that matters.
Draisaitl leads the NFL with 17 assists and most of those assists come on the power play. McDavid has racked up 27 points already, including an impressive 13 goals.
After another disappointing defensive effort, Draisaitl said, “It’s exhausting. It’s tiring. We just give up too many goals.” The Oilers are killing off just 68 percent of their penalties, and they have to find a way to be better defensively and stop taking bad penalties.
Lightning Special on Special Teams
The Tampa Bay Lightning are not a team that is going to overwhelm opponents on a given night, but they just refuse to make mistakes. Tampa Bay is scoring 3.33 goals per game while holding opponents to just 3.08 on the other end.
Nikita Kucherov is having a huge start and leads the team with 14 assists and 20 total points. Tampa Bay isn’t as dominant on the power play as the Oilers, but it is still converting 25 percent of the time.
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has helped the Lightning kill off 82 percent of their penalties, and that allows the team to take some chances. The penalty kill is going to be a big part of this game against an explosive Oilers team.
Oilers vs Lightning Game Injuries
Oilers vs Lightning Head-to-Head
The Edmonton Oilers lead the all-time series against the Tampa Bay Lighting by a count of 21-19-2. Edmonton did win the most recent matchup between these two teams, but Tampa Bay had won five straight games over the Oilers before that game.
Oilers vs Lightning Game Information
- Game: Oilers (7-6-0) Lighting (7-4-1)
- Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. ET
- Oilers vs Lightning Live stream: NHL.TV
Oilers vs Lightning Betting Lines
Oilers vs Lightning Prediction
This game will feature a pair of Stanley Cup betting favorites, and it provides a great chance for betting online. Edmonton is going to try to win this game on offense while Tampa Bay will do whatever the Lightning can to control the puck.
The Oilers just continue to come up a bit short despite overwhelming opponents with their offense on most nights. Tampa Bay just continues to do what is needed to win hockey games, and this will be another classic example of that on Tuesday night.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Edmonton Oilers +1½ (-180) to keep this game close, but it will be the Tampa Bay Lightning that come away with the win.
The Edmonton Oilers are listed at +145 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Oilers, you have a chance to win $145. The Tampa Bay Lightning is -165, offering a chance to win $61 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Edmonton Oilers a 40.82% chance to win, with the Tampa Bay Lightning at 62.26%.