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Posted at 2:00 PM EST
Edmonton -½ +320 over TAMPA BAY
7:05 PM EST. Regulation only. We looked for reasons to skip this game but couldn’t find any. Yeah, Connor McDavid is out but Tampa’s injury list is larger and more significant with Kucherov, Stamkos and McDonaugh all on the rack. Furthermore, we have to question just how motivated the Bolts will be here. You see, Tampa is coming off a revenge motivated game against the Jackets, where they got some satisfaction in a 2-1 OT win. The game before, the Bolts beat Pittsburgh. After this, Tampa plays Philadelphia. McDavid missing might actually help take away motivation from Tampa’s side.
Last year the Bolts dominated the regular season only to get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. That was a lesson not to kill yourself during the regular season. The Bolts have taken that to heart and this looks like another game where they could get caught not fully focused. We also like that Edmonton starts a four-game trip here and teams’ often play their very best in the first game of said trip. The price on Edmonton to win in regulation seals the deal for us.
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Edmonton -½ +300 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 6.00)