Edmonton Oilers Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Odds, Picks, and Predictions (2/23/22)

On Sunday, the Edmonton Oilers had their five-game winning streak stopped and first loss under new head coach Jay Woodcroft, in a 7-3 defeat to the Minnesota Wild.  Goalie Mike Smith gave up four goals on seven shots and was pulled in the first period.  Evander Kane, Tyler Benson, and Zach Hyman tallied the Oilers goals in the loss.  The Oilers are 28-19-3 with 59 points, third in the Pacific Division.  Tampa Bay last played on Tuesday, February 15th, beating the New Jersey Devils 6-3.  Pat Maroon opened the scoring for the Lightning with his eighth goal of the season and Victor Hedman scored what turned out to be the game winning goal at 7:17 of the third period.  Tampa Bay is 32-11-6 with 70 points, second in the Atlantic Division.

Edmonton Oilers Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Odds

The Oilers are 5-1 in their last six games overall.  Edmonton is 4-1 in their last five games when their opponent scores five goals or more in their previous game; Tampa Bay scored six goals against New Jersey in their last contest.  The Oilers are 1-7 in their last eight games vs. Atlantic Division opponents.  Edmonton is 1-10 in their last 11 meetings in Tampa Bay against the Lightning.  The Oilers are +3000 to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup.  Tampa Bay is 10-3 in their last 13 games vs. Western Conference foes.  The Lightning are 42-13 in their last 55 Wednesday games.  Tampa Bay is 40-14 in their last 54 games vs. Pacific Division opponents.  The home team is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings between the Lightning and Oilers.  Tampa Bay is currently +700 to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup; the last team to do so was the New York Islanders who won a remarkable four straight Stanley Cups in the early 80’s.

Edmonton Oilers Odds

Oilers captain, Connor McDavid leads the NHL in scoring with 71 points (26 goals and 45 assists).  The two-time Hart Trophy winner has 27 points (six goals and 21 assists) on the power play this season; at +175 he’s the favorite to win the 2021-22 Hart Trophy.  Number 97 is a team leading +11 and has scored three game winning goals in 2021-22.  The three-time Art Ross Trophy winner has broken the 100-point barrier in four different seasons; he has 645 career points.  Leon Draisaitl is tied for second in the league in scoring with 70 points; he leads the league in goals scored with 35.  He has 27 points on the power play and is second in the NHL in power play goals with 14 in 2021-22.  The 2019-20 Hart Trophy winner is +10 and leads the team in game winning goals with nine; the center is +650 to win his second carerr Hart Trophy.  Draisaitl has scored over 100-points in two different seasons and won the Art Ross Trophy in 2019-20.  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is third on the team in scoring with 37 points (seven goals and 30 assists) in 2021-22.  The number one pick in the 2011 draft is a +7 and has 16 assists on the power play this year.  Zach Hyman in his first season with the Oilers has 33 points (18 goals and 15 assists).  The center has scored four power play goals and is averaging 19:02 of ice time per game on the season.Evan Bouchard leads Edmonton’s defensemen in points with 27 in 50 games.  He’s blocked 68 shots and delivered 48 hits on the season.  In his third season, he has 20 takeaways and is averaging 20:49 of ice time per game.  Darnell Nurse leads the Oilers in blocked shots with 76 and hits with 135.  Tyson Barrie has 20 points in 44 games on the year.  He has registered 10 points (two goals and eight assists) on the power play in 2021-22.  Barrie is averaging 19:17 of ice time per game and has blocked 42 shots this year. 

Goalie seems to be a position the Oilers have struggled to find consistency with over the years.  Mikko Koskinen has started 26 games in goal for Edmonton this season with a 17-8-2 record.  The fifth-year goaltender has a .899 save percentage and a 3.13 GAA.  Veteran Mike Smith has started 12 games between the pipes for the Oilers in 2021-22.  Smith is 5-5-1 with .895 save percentage and a 3.61 GAA.

Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

Steven Stamkos, the Lightning’s captain is one of my favorite players in the NHL due to his ability to put the puck in the net, grit, and leaderships skills, leads the team in scoring with 55 points.  The two-time Stanley Cup champion has 16 points on the power play (eight goals and eight assists) in 2021-22.  He’s a +13 on the season while averaging 18:38 of ice time per game.  Stamkos is +6000 to win the Hart Trophy.  Alex Killorn is third on the team in scoring with 43 points (16 goals and 27 assists) in 49 games.  He’s a +5 and is averaging 19:05 of ice time per game this season.  On the year, he has eight points on the power play (three goals and five assists).  Brayden Point has 34 points in 35 games this campaign.  He’s a +3 and has won 50.6% of his face-offs this season.  Nikita Kucherov has played in 14 games this season after missing the beginning of the season due to injury.  The 2018-19 Hart Trophy winner has an impressive 20 points (seven goals and 13 assists) in his limited action in 2021-22.  Additionally, Kucherov has eight points on the power play this season.

Victor Hedman is tied for second in the league in points by a defenseman with 50 (11 goals and 39 assists).  The 2019-20 Conn Smythe winner is a +19 while leading Tampa Bay’s defensive group in ice time per game at 25:25. He has scored four game winning goals and tallied 18 points on the power play (two goals and 16 assists) on the season.  The 2017-18 Norris Trophy winner is +750 to win his second career Norris Trophy.  Mikhail Sergachev is the second leading scorer among Lightning defensemen with 24 points (two goals and 22 assists).  He’s a +7, blocking 72 shots and registering 69 hits in 2021-22.  Ryan McDonagh leads the team in block shots with 81.  He averages 23:04 of ice time per game and has delivered 60 hits this campaign.  On the season he’s a +9 with 18 points (two goals and 16 assists). 

Andrei Vasilevskiy, the 2018-19 Vezina Trophy winner is 26-8-4 on the season in 38 games.  The 2020-21 Conn Smythe winner has a .922 save percentage and a 2.27 GAA on the season.  Vasilevskiy is one of the best goalies in the NHL and always gives you a chance to win every night, he’s currently +750 to win the Vezina Trophy this season. 

Edmonton Oilers Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Picks & Prediction

Edmonton is scoring 3.3 goals per game, ninth in the league and taking 33.8 shots per game, eighth overall.  Defensively the Oilers are allowing 3.2 goals per game, ranked 23rd overall and 31.6 shots per game, 19th in the league.  Tampa Bay is scoring 3.4 goals per game, ranking them eighth in the NHL and attempting 30.3 shots per game, 19th overall.  On the defensive side, the Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game which ranks ninth in the NHL and yielding 29.3 shots a game, sixth overall.  With Tampa Bay playing at home and the inconsistent play by the Edmonton goaltenders, I’m taking the Lightning with under 6.5 combined goals scored in the contest.
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