Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (10-6-1) at Buffalo Sabres (5-7-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +120 / Tampa Bay Lightning -135 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports
The KeyBank Center and the Buffalo Sabres prepare for a visit from the Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL hockey action Thursday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning put another in the win column in a 4-3 victory at Detroit but the win was costly with Steven Stamkos sustaining some type of leg injury after missing all but one game a season ago. However, the Lightning still have won back to back contests and five of eight overall. Nikita Kucherov tallied twice to lead the Tampa Bay attack with Stamkos and Nikita Nesterov also scoring while Vladislav Namestnikov added a pair of helpers to make a winner of Ben Bishop and his 25 stops. The Red Wings received goals from Frans Nielsen, Henrik Zetterberg and Ryan Sproul with Petr Mrazek absorbing the loss with 18 saves.
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The Buffalo Sabres played the St. Louis Blues almost dead even for two periods before things got out of hand in the third in a 4-1 road loss on Tuesday night. The balanced Blues offense received goals from Jaden Schwartz, Robby Fabbri, Scottie Upshaw and Kyle Brodziak as St. Louis dominated the final 20 minutes to make Jake Allen’s 23 stops stand up and help end a three game losing streak. The Sabres never found their offense with Sam Reinhart scoring the lone goal while Robin Lehner recorded 27 saves as Buffalo’s struggles continued with their 5th straight defeat in a game that was winnable until the third period.
The under is 3-0-1 in Lightning last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and the under is 3-0-1 in Lightning last 4 vs. a team with a losing record while the over is 6-0-1 in Lightning last 7 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation. The under is 7-0-5 in Sabres last 12 vs. Atlantic and the under is 4-0-2 in Sabres last 6 Thursday games while the under is 7-0 in Sabres last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Lightning are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 11-2-3 in the last 16 meetings while the Lightning are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Buffalo.
The Lightning have fared well in this match up but when a line is released it will be on the high side. Pleas check back when goalies and lines are out…