The Edmonton Oilers will look to make it two wins in a row tonight when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Oilers will welcome back forward Taylor Hall as he returns ahead of schedule after recovering from a knee sprain that he suffered back on October 19 against the Ottawa Senators.
Linus Omark will also return to the Oilers lineup, albeit for the first time this year. Ironically, the last time he played for the Oilers was also against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
This is a Lightning team that is red-hot at the moment, having won five of their last six games including five straight against Western Conference opponents. It’s the usual suspects that are getting the job done for the Lightning, led by superstar Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis who sit one and two in Lightning scoring.
The Oilers must compete for a full 60-minutes tonight if they want any chance of skating out with two points. This is a Lightning team that plays well defensively and will capitalize on defensive blunders when given the opportunity.
On to the lineups followed by the note worthy section.