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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres (16-15-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (19-19-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -150 / Buffalo Sabres +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SunSports

The  Tampa Bay Lightning  welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Amalie Arena for an NHL hockey tilt on Thursday.

When the Philadelphia Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres meet, it’s generally Phillly doing the celebration but not on Tuesday where the Swords scored three in the second to win easily by a 4-1 count to up their record to 3-0-1 in the last four outings. The Sabres offense came from Evander Kane, Marcus Foligno, William Carter and Sam Reinhart who also totaled a pair of assists. A 39 save effort from Anders Nilsson gave Buffalo a lift with Robin Lehner out sick. Flyers goalie Steve Mason was left on his lonesome too often and  Philadelphia fell to 2-6-3 in their last eleven.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins showed no signs of rust when they dominated both end of the ice in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It all began with a streaking Marc-Andrei Fleury who recorded 28 saves an is unbeaten in eight straight outings. The Penguins offense supplied plenty of support with Eric Fehr, Connor Sheary, Chris Kunitz, Scott Wilson, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang scoring. Matt Cullen and Sidney Crosby added two assists each to help the Pens to an 18-2-2 home run. The Lightning received goals from Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin with Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 31 shots but he could not help Tampa Bay avoid a four game slide.

The under is 2-0-2 in Sabres last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and the Sabres are 1-5 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game while the Sabres are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The over is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and the Lightning are 0-4 in their last 4 overall while the over is 6-0 in Lightning last 6 following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Sabres are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings and the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings while the Sabres are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay.

The Sabres seem to be going in opposite direction then Tampa Bay so we shall see if Lehner is in the nets…

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