Buffalo Sabres Travel to Tampa Bay to Face the Lightning
The Buffalo Sabres will head to Amalie Arena on Sunday evening as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Sabres are sixth in Atlantic Division (26-34-11, 63 points), while the Lightning are third in the Atlantic Division (43-19-7, 93 points).
This will be the third and regular-season finale between these teams as they split the first two games. Tampa Bay picked up a 6-1 road win back on January 11.
This should be an interesting matchup as these teams are on two completely different levels this season. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning to determine where we should be betting in this game.
Game Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning April 10
Center Tage Thompson has been doing well for the Sabres so far as he is tied for 21st in the NHL in goals as he has posted 55 points (31 goals, 24 assists) with an additional four points in his last three games.
As a team, they are scoring 2.73 goals on 29.7 shot attempts up to this point. Goalie Craig Andersen has been struggling inside of the net as he is 14-9-2 with 3.02 goals allowed per game and a .903 save percentage so far. On the defensive side of the ice, Buffalo is allowing 3.48 goals on 33.6 shots right now.
Tampa Bay has been doing very well offensively as they are averaging 3.30 goals on 30.7 shots as of this writing. Center Steven Stamkos has been one of the best players in the league as he is tied for 18th in goals, tied for 22nd in assists, and 17th in points as he is posting 78 points (32 goals, 46 assists). He added eight points in his previous four games.
The Lightning are decent defensively as they are giving up 2.80 goals on 29.8 shot attempts as of this writing. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has been one of the best in the net this year as he has a 35-15-4 record with a .917 save percentage and 2.44 goals allowed per game.
Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Prediction
These defenses have been at two different levels as of late, and this is going to surprise many people as the Sabres are allowing 3.25 goals per game in their previous four games while the Lightning are giving up 5.5 goals allowed per game.
Buffalo is doing well at covering the spread this year as they are currently 42-29, while Tampa Bay is 31-38 against the spread so far. All in all, go with the Buffalo Sabres to cover the puck line on the road in their final meeting this year.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.