Edmonton vs Tampa: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Tuesday November 6th, 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Following their game against the Capitals in Washington, the Edmonton Oilers travel to Tampa Bay to play the Lightning in an important cross-conference battle.
The Tampa Bay Lightning could not have asked for a better scenario to host Connor McDavid and company. It’ll be the Oilers third game in four nights on the road and it is more than likely backup goalie Mikko Koskinen will get the start for the visitors. While he earned a victory in the only game he has played this season – stopping 27 shots in the process, there is a reason why Cam Talbot is the undeniable number one.
Edmonton’s top line has been terrific to start the season, with Connor McDavid posting 18 points through 18 games and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins contributing with an impressive 13 points. Even with Leon Draisaitl’s also earning 13 points, the Oilers have struggled to find the back of the net with just 32 goals in 11 games.
Tampa Bay has proven to possess one of the league’s stingiest defences and could make it a long night for a tired Edmonton side. Superstar defenceman Victor Hedman is still on the IR though and the Lightning did concede seven goals against the Arizona Coyotes without him in the line-up. Unlike on that occasion though, we should see starting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy in net for Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
The Lightning also love playing on home ice, losing just one of their first six games at the Amalie Arena. With 17 points from 11 games, they are quickly proving why many had them as favourites to win the Stanley Cup before the season started.
- Tampa Bay to win in regulation
The Lightning are always difficult to play on the road and playing at the Amalie Arena in the second half of a back-to-back is nearly impossible. The home side should cruise to two points.
- Under 6 goals
Despite McDavid’s impressive numbers, Edmonton hasn’t exactly been firing on all cylinders this season and they will struggle to find the back of the net against one of the league’s best defences.
Head to Head
The Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning met twice last season, with each team winning one game on home ice.
- Only three teams in the Western Conference have less goals scored through 11 games than the Edmonton Oilers.
- No team in the Eastern Conference has a better goal differential than the Tampa Bay Lightning through 11 games.
- Lightning backup goalie Louis Domingue allowed seven goals on 30 shots in his first game of the season for an abysmal .767 SV%.