Tampa Bay Lightning (38-15-3) at Buffalo Sabres (16-30-10)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 13, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under:
The Tampa Bay Lighting and Buffalo Sabers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Tampa Bay Lighting look for a big road win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 29 goals, Steven Stamkos has 43 assists and Brayden Point has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 103 goals on 1,453 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 26 goals on 213 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Buffalo Sabers need a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Evander Kane has 20 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 110 goals on 1,229 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 60 goals on 525 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Lightning are 7-2 in their last 9 Tuesday games, 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 in their last 7 road games. The Sabres are 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games, 7-20 in their last 27 home games and 17-45 in their last 62 overall. The Lightning are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Buffalo, 19-7 in the last 26 meetings and the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning haven't lost to the Buffalo Sabres since November of 2015 and have lost back-to-back games overall just twice since November 28. Even with Tampa Bay on the end of a back to back, it's just tough to trust the Buffalo Sabers in damn near any spot, let alone against one of the top clubs in the league. I'll take the Tampa Bay Lighting to get the job done on the road.