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Sabres face Tampa Bay Lightning: NHL odds preview and stats

Buffalo Sabres

Tampa Bay Lightning
18-35-8 March 06, 2014, 07:30 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 34-23-5

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Buffalo duelling Tampa Bay on Thursday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Supporters of the Sabres have seen them go 18-35-8 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 34-23-5. In totals betting, the Lightning are 29-30-3, while the Sabres are 22-29-10.

View Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Lightning at No. 12 and the Sabres at No. 26 heading into this contest.

Buffalo lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Stars on March 3. Bettors who backed the Stars at -220 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Tampa Bay was a 4-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Blues. They lost as +168 underdogs, while the total score of 6 made winners of OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 2.89 goals per game, against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 23 at 3 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 17.17% while the Sabres defense kills off 82% of their penalties.

Next up:
Buffalo at Florida, Friday, March 7th
Tampa Bay home to Boston, Saturday, March 8th