A superstar showdown is on tonight at Amalie Arena, as the Edmonton Oilers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last night the Oilers just narrowly lost 4-5 in a gritty high scoring game to the Capitals in DC. Meanwhile the Lightning are looking to keep their momentum from their last 5-3 win against the Sabres. The amount of star power on both rosters makes for a super exciting matchup.
Last season, each team took a win from each other in their two appearances. Whenever these two teams meet, there are always a ton of goals scored. 13 goals were scored through two games played, with the Oilers notching seven goals to the Lightnings six. Expect high intensity hockey with a ton of great offense. With weapons on all sides of the ice, the playmaking and scoring opportunities are going to be through the roof. Both teams play super high level hockey with offense in spades.
Players To Watch
For the Oilers, Evander Kane is the player to watch. With five points in his last four games, Kane has been on a tear. He plays with a ton of physicality and has been the complimentary winger the Oilers have been looking for to play with McDavid and Draisaitl. He pours on a ton of shots and isn’t afraid to land the big hit. It’s always easy to pick the two stars of the squad to watch on a nightly basis, but Kane’s play of recent has been worth keeping an eye or two on.
For the Lightning, Nikita Kucherov is the player to watch. After the Lightning’s slow start, their players have started to wake up and prove how capable this team is. Kucherov has been lights out, he is in top form looking to bounce back from his down year last season. Kucherov has 20 points through 12 games and scored a whopping four points last game. Kucherov when he’s hot is one of the most exciting players to watch in the NHL. The way he controls his stick and finds a way to makes plays out of thin air, makes him one of the most lethal wingers in all the NHL.