Buffalo Sabres (18-35-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (34-23-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 6, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under:
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Two teams that shook up the league on Wednesday meet up in Tampa Bay on Thursday as the Sabres take on the Lightning.
The Buffalo Sabres have been a train wreck all season long and the overhaul has branched as far out as the head office as management as well as players have been coming and going. With Wednesday being the NHL trade deadline the Sabres cleaned house once again as they sent Matt Moulson to the Wild and Jarosalv Halak to the Capitals in what were highly anticipated moves from Buffalo GM Tim Murray. The Sabres stockpiled draft picks which indicate they are ready for a full rebuild as their young core will develop over the next couple of seasons and provide a framework for all of the incoming prospects. Unfortunately for Buffalo it leaves them incredibly shorthanded for the rest of the season and this team will look like an AHL team at best until the final whistle blows for them in April. Buffalo heads into Tampa to take on a furious Lightning team that was forced to trade away their captain and top point producer.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been one of the game’s biggest surprises this season but they shocked the world off the ice on Wednesday as they sent Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan and two draft picks. This was a storyline that was bound to get ugly after Yzerman snubbed St. Louis originally for the Canadian Olympic team and while he was named a replacement after his Tampa teammate Steve Stamkos declared ineligible It was clear that St. Louis was still upset. We have come to learn now that St. Louis demanded a trade out of town making him public enemy number one in Tampa despite being with the franchise for 13 seasons. Stamkos has been given the green light and will play for the Bolts in this contest which makes things even worse for the Sabres who would have had a tough time to begin with let alone deal with a team looking to prove they can win without one of the game’s best players. There isn’t much to this game I suggest laying it down big with the Bolts on the puck line or including this as a parlay play.