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Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/12/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, New York
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -200 / Buffalo Sabres +163 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres meet Saturday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep the puck rolling after winning 17 of their last 19 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 4.1 goals per game and are scoring on 30 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 28 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 51 assists and Steven Stamkos has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 60 goals on 797 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 57 goals on 596 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed two or less goals in four of their last five games.

The Buffalo Sabres could use a feel good victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 29 goals, Jack Eichel has 34 assists and Sam Reinhart has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 73 goals on 890 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 40 goals on 529 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games, 52-25 in their last 77 road games and 41-14 in their last 55 overall. The Sabres are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games, 33-81 in their last 114 games playing on 0 days rest and 11-5 in their last 16 home games. The Lightning are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Buffalo and 14-4 in the last 18 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Sabres last 8 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Lightning last 5 overall.

The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to flex their muscle as the best team in the league and have been a money printing machine if you've blindly backed them this season, even with these insane prices they've been laying lately. The problem is the Buffalo Sabres are a pretty solid team despite their struggles, and they have played the Lightning tough as of late, which includes averaging 3.6 goals against them in the last three meetings. In terms of the price we're getting, there's value with the Sabres and the big plus money. I'm just not a big fan of laying monster prices in hockey where the margin of error is so slim.

Buffalo Sabres +163

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