Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres - 11/9/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Buffalo Sabres (9-5-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (7-5-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Ericsson Globe)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -182 / Buffalo Sabres +120 --- Over/Under:
The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday in NHL action at the Ericsson Globe.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with seven goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 10 assists and Sam Reinhart has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 19 goals on 265 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 19 goals on 224 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with five goals, Nikita Kucherov has seven assists and Brayden Point has 23 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 72.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 28 goals on 293 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 16 goals on 159 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Sabres are 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games, 74-160 in their last 234 games as a road underdog and 16-36 in their last 52 road games. The Lightning are 50-17 in their last 67 vs. Eastern Conference, 73-29 in their last 102 games as a home favorite and 50-22 in their last 72 games as a favorite. The over is 4-0 in Sabres last 4 games as an underdog. The over is 21-7 in Lightning last 28 games playing on 0 days rest. The Sabres are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings. The under is 10-4-1 in the last 15 meetings in Tampa Bay.
The Buffalo Sabres have cooled off as quickly as they started the season red hot, and it's fair to question if these are the same old Sabres from past years. The good thing going for Buffalo is that it found success in the final two periods of yesterdays loss after starting the game down two goals, and they should be able to carry that over to this contest. It's also not easy to beat the same team twice in as many days, as these little series usually end up resulting in a split. I'll take my chances with the Buffalo Sabres and the plus money.