After finishing off their homestand with a victory, the Oilers hit the road for three straight as they continue life without their Captain. Tonight, they’ll face a Tampa Bay Lightning team that is also battling through multiple key injuries. The Lightning won’t have their two leading scorers, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, and their best defensive centre, Anthony Cirelli. Still, they have a very talented group and they’ve been the best team in the NHL since the calendar flipped to 2020 with a record of 16-2-1. It will be a tough test for an Oilers team that is looking to keep the ball rolling after a highly entertaining win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Dave Tippett will be rolling with the same lineup he had last time out and you can’t really blame him either. It worked well against Chicago and that game should have given them some confidence as they begin a stretch of games that sees them play four straight games against teams currently holding playoff spots. One thing that should have Oilers fans feeling good: this team has dominated the Eastern Conference this season with a record of 14-6-2 and are 8-1-1 when playing in an Eastern Conference city.
I go through the matchup and all the numbers you need in today’s Pre Game Pod (pres. by YEG Burger)! Download it right here in the article or by heading to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Play!