The Edmonton Oilers (28-19-3) travel to meet the Tampa Bay Lightning (32-11-6) Wednesday at Amalie Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (TNT). Below, we look at the Oilers vs. Lightning odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
The Oilers saw their five-game losing streak snapped in a huge way, losing 7-3 at home against the Minnesota Wild in the second end of a back-to-back situation Sunday.
The Lightning doubled up the New Jersey Devils in Newark by a 6-3 score on Tuesday, and they’re well rested as a result. Tampa Bay has had just three makeup games since Feb. 1, going 2-1-0 during the span.
Oilers at Lightning odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Oilers +170 (bet $100 to win $170) | Lightning -210 (bet $210 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Oilers +1.5 (-145) | Lightning -1.5 (+115)
Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
Oilers at Lightning projected goalies
Mikko Koskinen (17-8-2, 3.13 GAA, .899 SV%) vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy (26-8-4, 2.27 GAA, .922 SV%, 2 SO)
Mike Smith coughed up four goals on just seven shots before getting pulled in the first period against Minnesota Sunday, with Koskinen replacing him and allowing three goals the rest of the way. Neither has been particularly sharp lately.
Vasilevskiy allowed just three goals on 25 shots last time out in New Jersey in a victory. He is now 2-1-0 with a 2.67 GAA and .914 SV% in three starts in the month of February. Vasilevskiy has been markedly better at home, going 14-4-3 with a 1.89 GAA and .931 SV% with two shutouts.
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Oilers at Lightning odds, lines, picks and predictions
Lightning 5, Oilers 2
The Lightning (-210) are a little too expensive straight up, costing more than two times your potential return.
PASS, and look to the puck line instead.
Against the spread
The LIGHTNING -1.5 (+115) are a much better value at plus-money, especially on home ice. The Oilers +1.5 (-145) have been very giving this season, whether Koskinen or Smith are in between the pipes.
The Oilers coughed up seven goals last time out, and they’re yielding 3.2 goals per game, which is 23rd in the NHL. Conversely, the Lightning are averaging 3.4 goals per game, ranking ninth in the NHL.
The OVER 6.5 (-115) is the lean here, ever so slightly. The Under has hit lately for the Oilers, going 4-1-1 in the past six as a road ‘dog. However, the Over is 3-1-1 in the past five overall as an underdog. The Over is also 19-8-3 in the past 30 games against Western Conference teams.
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