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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction 2-29-24 Picks

Buffalo Sabres (27-28-4) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (32-24-5)
February 29, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -196 / Buffalo Sabres +155; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Thursday night. Who comes out on top in Thursday’s Atlantic division matchup? Let’s dive in and find out with our Sabres vs. Lightning Prediction.

Buffalo Sabres Team Preview

The Buffalo Sabres come into this one looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Florida last time out. Casey Mittelstadt leads the Sabres in scoring with 44 points including a team-high 31 assists while Rasmus Dahlin has 44 points with 14 goals and 30 assists. Jeff Skinner has 36 points with 19 goals while JJ Peterka has 37 points with a team-high 19 goals and 18 assists. Alex Tuch also has 39 points with 16 goals and 23 assists this season. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has a 17-15-2 record with a 2.47 GAA and a .914 save percentage while Devon Levi is 9-7-2 with a 3.30 GAA and an .891 save percentage and Eric Comrie is 1-6 with a 3.87 GAA and an .869 save percentage this season in goal for the Sabres. The Sabres will face the Golden Knights after this game.

Buffalo Sabres Team Facts

  • The Sabres have lost each of their last seven games at Amalie Arena following a road loss.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in each of the Sabres’ last six games.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1′ market has hit in each of the Sabres’ last four games at Amalie Arena.
  • The Sabres have won the third period in eight of their last nine games as underdogs following a road loss.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this game looking to rebound from a 6-2 loss to Philadelphia last time out. Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning in scoring with 103 points including a team-high 38 goals and 65 assists while Brayden Point has 30 goals and 33 assists for his 63 points. Victor Hedman’s added 59 points with 49 assists while Steven Stamkos has 51 points with 27 assists and Brandon Hagel has 59 points split between 22 goals and 37 assists. Jonas Johansson has gone 11-7-5 with a 3.43 GAA and an .888 save percentage while Andrei Vasilevskiy is 20-15 with a 2.99 GAA and an .896 save percentage this season.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won four of the Lightning’s last five games.
  • The Lightning have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last four night games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1’ market has hit in each of the last nine games between the Sabres and Lightning.
  • The Lightning have won the third period in each of their last four games against the Sabres.

Sabres vs. Lightning Prediction

I’m on the Sabres here. I get the case to be made for Tampa Bay at home as this is where this team has traditionally played their best hockey, but I honestly am starting to think Tampa Bay’s best years are behind them. The Sabres have had their inconsistencies, but the Sabres have been pretty stout defensively in recent games and I think they could pose a challenge for the Bolts here. Give me the Sabres and the plus money here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Buffalo +155

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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