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Lightning visit Edmonton Oilers in NHL clash

Tampa Bay Lightning

Edmonton Oilers
25-12-4 January 05, 2014, 08:00 PM | Rexall Place 13-26-5

Tampa Bay pays a visit to Edmonton on Sunday, hoping to shut down the Oilers snipers in hockey action at Rexall Place.

The Oilers sport a record of 13-26-5 heading into this matchup, while the Lightning sit at 25-12-4 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 25-18-1 for the Oilers and 16-22-3 for the Lightning.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Edmonton sat as 105 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Oilers at No. 22 and the Lightning at No. 20 heading into this contest.

The Lightning were a 2-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Flames. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (2) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Edmonton, they were a 5-2 loser as they battled the Ducks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Ducks at -275 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Edmonton's No. 22-ranked offense (2.55 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.32 goals per game allowed. The Oilers powerplay has clicked at a 17.09% rate while the Lightning have a 82.86% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Atlanta, Tuesday, January 7th
Edmonton home to St. Louis, Tuesday, January 7th