Sabres vs. Lightning - 10/10/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0-0) at Buffalo Sabres (0-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +162 / Tampa Bay Lightning -180 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, MSGB
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres square off Saturday afternoon at the First Niagara Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning won their season opener with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Flyers on Thursday. The Lightning are sixth with an average of three goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power plays. Jason Garrison leads Tampa Bay with two goals, Jonathan Drouin has two assists and Tyler Johnson has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning eighth with an average of two goals allowed and are killing 66.7 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed two goals on 25 shots faced. The Lightning have lost four of their last six regular season road games. Cedric Paquette is questionable with a foot injury.
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The Buffalo Sabres lost their season opener 3-1 Thursday to the Senators. The Buffalo Sabres are 16th with an average of one goal per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power plays. Jack Eichel has Buffalo’s only goal, Evander Kane has an assist and Rasmus Ristolainen has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing three goals per game and have yet to kill a power play this season. Robin Lehner has allowed one goal on 12 shots and Chad Johnson has given up one goal on nine shots faced. Brian Gionta is questionable with a lower-body injury.
The Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic. The Sabres are 18-42 in their last 60 home games and 17-51 in their last 68 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Buffalo and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.
The Sabres didn't show many signs of life in their season opener and after last season, it's hard to trust this team even at home. The Lightning are the better squad and have one of the top goalies in the game. Until Buffalo wants to play decent hockey, Tampa Bay has to be the pick here.