Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres - 10/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (1-3-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (3-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -280 / Buffalo Sabres +248 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, SUN
The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Buffalo Sabres could use a big road win to climb out of a 1-3 hole to start the season. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 27.8 percent of their power plays. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with two goals, Matt Moulson has two assists and Cody Franson has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing three goals per game and are killing 63.6 percent of their power play chances. Robin Lehner has allowed one goal on 12 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 10 goals on 93 shots. Johnson has given up two or less goals in six of his last nine outings. Zach Bogosian is probable despite a lower-body injury.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look for their fourth victory in hopes of snapping a two-game skid. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with four goals, Jonathan Drouin has five assists and Jason Garrison has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 58.3 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 13 goals on 125 shots faced. Bishop has allowed two or less goals in six of his last nine regular season outings. Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman and Nikita Nesterov are questionable.
The Sabres are 16-42 in their last 58 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-45 in their last 55 road games. The Lightning are 37-15 in their last 52 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings overall.
Any time you get the Sabres on the road, they're automatically fade material. Buffalo struggles just about anywhere, but has little to no success on the road dating back to last season. Add in the fact the Lightning are tough to beat in their arena, and Tampa Bay has to be the pick here.