Lightning visit Edmonton

January 05, 2014 18:43:01 UK

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to move back to within two points of the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division when they travel to play the Oilers at the Rexall Place in Edmonton.

Tampa Bay has won two in a row, against the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, to kick off their four-game swing of the northwest, with the finale in Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Edmonton continues to underwhelm and underperform, sitting in the cellar of the Pacific Division with a 13-26-5 record and a defense that is dead last in the NHL, shipping 3.4 goals per game.

Friday it was more of the same as the Anaheim Ducks put five past Ilya Bryzgalov on their way to a comfortable victory.

The Lightning areĀ 1.68 to win the game, with the Oilers 2.25.

Saturday Boston had little trouble with the Winnipeg Jets at the TD Garden as the hosts ran out 4-1 winners. Torey Krug scored twice and Daniel Paille and Reilly Smith were each on target as the Bruins scored four straight in response to Dustin Byfuglien’s opener for the visitors.

Over in the Atlantic Division, the Philadelphia Flyers moved into a tie for second place with the Washington Capitals after defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 at the Arena in Glendale, AZ. Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux, the latter into an empty net, were all on target in the third period as the visitors rallied for the victory.

Meanwhile, the Capitals slumped to a fourth consecutive defeat with a 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Ryan Suter scored twice on the power play in the second for the hosts at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul before completing his hat-trick in the third.

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