Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Picks & NHL Predictions
We have Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Picks & NHL Predictions for the game this Friday in Buffalo.
Friday’s NHL action will see the Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres. Both sides looking to get out of bad form and get a win on the board.
But, which side will be celebrating when the final buzzer sounds?
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Buffalo Sabres Form
The Buffalo Sabres had started the season incredibly well. But their recent form has derailed any hope that they may have had of taking over from the Boston Bruins at the top of the Atlantic Division.
The Sabres have lost their last three, which would come as a massive blow. However, they still have the second-best defensive record in the division after only conceding 40 goals in their 15 games this season.
They have won nine of their outings this season and have lost on four occasions. The skid that they are currently on will need to end pretty soon if they have aspirations of leading the division.
This recent form would have come as a shock, as they have lost four of their last five. Their most recent defeats have come against the Coyotes, Capitals and Islanders, with the latter of those the most recent.
They succumbed to the New York side 1-0 and didn’t have any answer for the compact defence.
Carter Hutton made 29 saves in the defeat, but it wouldn’t be a fixture that lives long in the memory.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning have also encountered problems of their own over recent weeks after falling to a defeat in their last game against the Islanders.
This ensured that they have now only won twice in their last five. These victories have come against the Penguins and the Devils.
They have scored the fewest goals out of the top six in the Atlantic Division, and that was their downfall as they were outscored by the Islanders last time out.
Yanni Gourde and Ryan McDonagh got the goals for the Lightning, while Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves.
However, they will need to play much better if they are to get the win against the Sabres.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres Head-to-Head
These two sides can’t be separated on the head to head, as both of them have won on 28 previous occasions.
The Sabres have won three more times in overtime, while they have also won once more in the shootouts.
Buffalo average three goals per game in this fixture, while the Lightning average 2.8 goals per game.
Buffalo Sabres Team News
Marco Scandella, Zach Bogosian and Matt Hunwick will all be missing for the Sabres.
Tampa Bay Lightning Team News
The Lightning will be without Pat Maroon and Victor Hedman for the game in Buffalo.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Picks
These two sides match up very well, and it should be a close NHL game.
The recent form of both sides doesn’t give much away, but the Sabres have already shown earlier in the season that they can be a very good side.
They should get the win here, but it could go down to the wire.
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