Sabres vs. Lightning - 12/31/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (23-11-4) at Buffalo Sabres (14-20-3)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +205 / Tampa Bay Lightning -230 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, MSGB
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres meet Wednesday afternoon at the First Niagara Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won four of their last six games and begin a four-game road trip. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have one power play goal in their last six games and have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 20 goals, Tyler Johnson has 24 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Evgeni Nabokov has allowed 23 goals on 214 shots faced and Ben Bishop has given up 62 goals on 725 shots. The Lightning have lost four of their last five road games.
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The Buffalo Sabres have lost five of their last six games and remain dead last in the Atlantic. The Sabres are averaging 1.9 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have one power play goal in their last five games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with 11 goals, Tyler Ennis has 15 assists and Matt Moulson has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Jhonas Enroth has allowed 77 goals on 875 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has given up 41 goals on 451 shots.
The Lightning are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 45-22 in their last 67 vs. a team with a losing record. The Sabres are 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 9-23 in their last 32 vs. Atlantic. The Lightning are 10-21-1 in the last 32 meetings in Buffalo.
The Sabres have been red hot at home and the Lightning have had little to no success playing in Buffalo. I'll take a shot in the dark with these odds given the value.