Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning Preview

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April 14, 5:00 PM | First Niagara Center

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres Odds

17-21-3TEAM RECORD17-19-6

NHL wagering interest swings to the Buffalo vs Tampa Bay battle on Sunday at First Niagara Center as the Sabres try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Sabres sport records of 17-19-6 heading into this matchup, while the Lightning sit at 17-21-3 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 20-19-3 for the Sabres and 22-15-4 for the Lightning.

View Tampa Bay vs Buffalo Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Lightning were listed as +-126 underdogs on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Monday at BetOnline.

Power Rankings:
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 27-rated Sabres and the No. 15-ranked Lightning, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 19-ranked offense (2.6 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.1 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 11.6% rate while the Lightning have a 80% rate on the penalty kill.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 6-5 result against the Capitals on April 13. Bettors who backed the Capitals at -150 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Buffalo won its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Flyers on April 13. Bettors who backed the Sabres at -108 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Lightning at Sabres trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Buffalo's last 10 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Buffalo is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Buffalo is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Winnipeg, Tuesday, April 16
Buffalo at Boston, Wednesday, April 17

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