Tampa Bay Lightning (40-24-9) at Buffalo Sabres (20-45-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 29, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +186 / Tampa Bay Lightning -205 --- Over/Under:
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres will meet for the fourth and final time this season on Saturday. The Lightning lead the series 2-1.
The Lightning have won six of their last eight games, as they’re making a strong push for a top playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning have participated in three straight games that have gone into overtime. Tampa Bay has relied heavily on offense during this winning streak, as the Lightning have scored 4 or more goals in four of their last six wins. The Lightning have also taken advantage of the power play, scoring eight power play goals in their last six games. Meanwhile, goalie Ben Bishop is having his worst month of the season, allowing three or more goals in nine of his last 11 starts. The Tampa Bay Lightning are 19-16-2-1 on the road this season.
The Sabres are just 2-11 in the month of March, which includes 10 losses in their last 11 games. While the goaltending hasn’t been spectacular, the Sabres lose a lot of their games due to an extremely inept offense. The Sabres have scored one or fewer goals in four of their last six games and rank dead last in the NHL with a goal per game average of 1.8. However, the goaltending could also improve, as the Sabres have allowed four or more goals in five of their last nine games. Matt Hackett allowed four goals in just 20 minutes of playing time in the most recent loss to Nashville. The Buffalo Sabres are 12-20-3-2 at home.
The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The Sabres are 19-41 in their last 60 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-11 in their last 14 home games. The Lightning are 9-20-1 in the last 30 meetings in Buffalo.
There's no reason to take Buffalo with the way it's been playing over the last month. Tampa Bay is a team on a mission to finish strong and has been playing great hockey.
Take the Tampa Bay Lightning at the farily cheap price.