Tampa Bay vs. Edmonton Free Pick
(NHL) Tampa Bay vs. Edmonton, 10/20/2014 5:30 PM, Score: 2 - 3
Total: 5.50 | -110.00 Under
Result: Loss
This is a Free #NHL play on TB@EDM to go OVER the total.

The Edmonton Oilers are still in search of their first win of the season, and they host one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference at Rexall Place tonight. The Lightning are coming off a 4-2 win at Vancouver on Saturday, and boast a 3-1-1 record. The Oilers are catching Tampa at a good time though, as the Bolts are in the midst of a tough West Coast road trip, playing the first leg of a back to back before they play Calgary tomorrow.

After being shutout on home ice in a loss to Vancouver in their last game, I expect the Oilers to come out flying tonight. Scoring goals isn't normally an issue for this team, as they have plenty of young talented forwards, and one of the league's better power-plays. Poor defense and below average goaltending is what caused them to finish last in the West last season.

Penalty killing is another sore spot for the Oilers, who have surrendered five power play goals so far. They'll want to stay out of the penalty box tonight, facing a Tampa team that is converting on almost 30% of it's man advantage opportunities so far.

These teams have seen the total go over in four of the last five meetings in Edmonton, and there's plenty of reason to expect another high scoring game in Alberta tonight.

Take OVER.


Jesse Schule