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(6-5-2) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres (9-4-2)
Date: Friday, November 8th
Time: 2:00 PM
Venue: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -170 Sabres +140
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Tampa Bay -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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The Buffalo Sabres will be taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning, Friday afternoon in the 2019 Global Series at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden.
Buffalo defensemen Rasmus Dahlin and Lawrence Pilut, along with forwards Marcus Johansson, Johan Larsson and Victor Olofsson, return to their home country for the first of a two-game set between the Atlantic Division rivals.
Both teams are coming into the contest with winning records and this should be one of the more exciting games today.
This could be an exciting affair for the Swedish fans. The Sabres entered Thursday third in the NHL in power-play percentage (26.9) and the Lightning were 27th in penalty killing (72.9).
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay has only played 13 games thus far so it is hard to get an accurate picture of them. Some of those games were spent without young star Brayden Point as well.
The Lightning come into this one having lost their last game to the Islanders. Early on they have struggled a bit offensively which is a surprise given how talented they are. They will be taking on one of the better goalies in the league tonight so it might be a hard ask.
Tampa Bay LW Ondrej Palat shares the team lead with five goals and a plus-6 rating and is two shy of 200 for his career.
Andrei Vasilevskiy will start for the Tampa Bay Lightning. His stats on the season are 5-4-0 W-L 3.12 GAA 0.904 SV%
The Sabres started the season off scorching hot but have regressed a bit in their last 5 games. They are currently 1-3-1 in that time and the offense has dried up. Young star Victor Olofsson has disappeared and the depth scoring has gone with him.
Defensively the Sabres have been stout. Buffalo G Carter Hutton (6-2-1, .928 SP) has allowed two or fewer goals in six of his nine starts this season.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Lightning are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Lightning are 58-8 in their last 66 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Lightning are 46-10 in their last 56 vs. Atlantic.
- Lightning are 22-6 in their last 28 games as a road favorite of -151 to -200.
- Lightning are 39-19 in their last 58 road games.
- Sabres are 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres NHL Prediction:
This feels like one of those games where I can see Tampa covering the spread. The offensive firepower is there for Tampa Bay and it’s just waiting to explode. Meanwhile, they are playing a team who come into this one cold, and has been regressing offensively. A 2, even 3 goal margin of victory for the Tampa Bay Lightning does not seem out of the question this afternoon.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Tampa Bay -1.5
NHL Free Prediction: Tampa Bay 3 – Buffalo 1
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