Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/5/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (6-6-2) at Buffalo Sabres (4-7-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +165 / Tampa Bay Lightning -183 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Sabres host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Thursday night action.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be looking to get in the win column when they visit Buffalo Thursday. The Lightning will look for some offense after suffering a 2-1 defeat at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday night. Nikita Kucherov scored the lone goal in the second on a five on three power play but Ben Bishop’s 27 stops wasn’t enough to avert the loss. Good fortune was not on the side of Tampa Bay as Kucherov hit the crossbar while Anton Stralman hit the post with around a minute remaining in regulation. The Red Wings received goals from Dylan Larkin and Riley Sheahan with Jimmy Howard getting the win with 29 saves.
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The Buffalo Sabres will be shooting for another win on Thursday when Tampa Bay comes to town. The Sabres squeezed by the Islanders by a 2-1 count on the road Sunday behind solid defense and goaltending. Matt Moulson scored the first goal for the Sabres while Sam Reinhart tallied the game winner with over six minutes remaining in regulation to make a winner of Linus Ullmark and a strong 29 save performance to give the team consecutive victories. Calvin de Haan scored the lone goal for the Islanders who were without the services of John Tavares for the scond game because of illness. Thomas Greiss absorbed the loss with both goals allowed on 22 shots.
The Lightning are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and the under is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 games playing on 1 days rest while going 4-0 in Lightning last 4 vs. Atlantic. The Sabres are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and are 15-63 in their last 78 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while going 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Lightning are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings while the Lightning are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo. The trends favor the Tampa Bay and the under but I have to see goalies first…