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GAME THREAD: Edmonton Oilers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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LIghtning have won 27 out of 36 games so far this year

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Tampa Bay Lightning
FLEX: J.T. Miller and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging over four goals per game.
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Edmonton Oilers (18-14-3) (5th, Pacific)

Tampa Bay Lightning (27-7-2) (1st, Atlantic)

8 PM MST

Rogers Place

TV: CBC, Sportsnet, Sportsnet One

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Raw Charge

HOCKEY NIGHT

Oilers line up against NHL leading Lightning prior to holiday break.

LINES

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Connor McDavid - Jesse Puljujarvi

Tobias Rieder - Leon Draisaitl - Alex Chiasson

Milan Lucic - Ryan Spooner - Ty Rattie

Drake Caggiula - Kyle Brodziak - Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse- Adam Larsson

Kevin Gravel - Caleb Jones

Jason Garrison - Matt Benning

Mikko Koskinen

Cam Talbot

THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR

  • The lines, they’ve been shaken. The most notable chane is Leon Draisaitl rejoining the second line, while Jesse Puljujarvi gets some top line action with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid. Can we see two lines click?
  • The Lightning are very, very good. They're averaging 4.03 goals per game, that's best in the league. The Oilers will need to find out a way to clamp down and keep pucks out of the net.
  • The Oilers will be off after tonight until the 27th when they host Vancouver. Tampa Bay is a tall task, but it would behoove Edmonton to pick up two points tonight to keep pace in the Pacfic. Both the Ducks and the Golden Knights have 43 points and are hanging out in third place, while the Oilers have 39.