The Tampa Bay Lightning are set to take on the Edmonton Oilers in an exciting match-up. The Lightning is one of the best teams in the NHL, and the Oilers are looking to prove that they can compete with the best. This should be a great game for fans of both teams.
1. How the Oilers can beat the Lightning
The Oilers are going to have to rely on their speed and skill to beat the Lightning. They are going to need to create turnovers in the defensive zone and then use their speed to transition quickly up the ice. The Lightning is a very good team, so the Oilers cannot afford to make any mistakes.
2. The key players in the Oilers-Lightning matchup
The two key players in the Oilers-Lightning matchup are goaltenders Connor Hellebuyck and Andrei Vasilevskiy. Both netminders have been Vezina Trophy finalists in recent years and are among the best at their position in the NHL.
In this matchup, however, it is Vasilevskiy who has the edge. He has been near unstoppable this postseason, posting a .931 save percentage and 1.62 GAA while leading the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final. Hellebuyck has also been excellent, but he may be facing more shots than he did during the regular season with Tampa Bay’s high-powered offense on display.
3. What to watch for in the Oilers-Lightning game
To watch for in the Oilers-Lightning game, look for players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl to create scoring chances. Also, keep an eye on how goalie Cam Talbot fares against a Tampa Bay offense that’s averaging over three goals per game.
4. The history of the Oilers-Lightning rivalry
The Oilers and Lightning have been rivals since the day they joined the NHL. The two teams have met in the playoffs six times, with the Oilers winning four of those series. The most recent meeting was in 2006, when the Oilers won in seven games.
The rivalry began in 1992 when both teams entered the league as expansion teams. The Lightning won their first game against the Oilers, but it was all downhill from there for Tampa Bay. The Oilers would go on to win five straight games against them, including a 9-0 drubbing early on in Tampa Bay’s history.
The two teams would meet again in the playoffs in 1996 and 1997, with Edmonton winning both times en route to Stanley Cup championships. In 2006, however, it was Tampa Bay who would come out on top after a hard-fought seven game series which saw multiple lead changes and overtime goals.
5. How the Lightning have dominated the Oilers
Since the start of the 2017-18 NHL season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been one of the most dominant teams in the league. They currently sit atop the standings with an impressive record of 50-17-4, and their +58 goal differential is far and away the best in the NHL.
One big reason for their success has been their domination of the Edmonton Oilers. In four games against Edmonton this season, Tampa Bay has won all four by a combined score of 25-7. That includes a 9-1 drubbing back in December where they scored seven unanswered goals to blow open what was a close game at 2-1.
What makes Tampa Bay so tough to beat is that they have no weak links anywhere in their lineup. Their forwards are led by Hart Trophy candidate Nikita Kucherov, who leads the league with 97 points, and captain Steven Stamkos, who is right behind him with 90 points. They also have one of the best goaltenders in t.