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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres Betting Preview

Buffalo SabresTampa Bay Lightning
Feb 26, 7:30 PM | Tampa Bay Times Forum

Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

6-12-1TEAM RECORD9-8-1

Tampa Bay Times Forum hosts an NHL battle between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay will face the 6-12-1 Sabres. In totals betting, the Lightning are 13-3-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Sabres are 10-9 favoring the OVER.

View Buffalo vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-152 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 4 (Lightning) and the No. 27 (Sabres) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.8 goals per game, against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.3 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 23.9% while the Sabres defense kills off 79.2% of their penalties.

Buffalo lost its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Islanders on February 23. Bettors who backed the Islanders at +110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 5-3 loser as they battled the Penguins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -170 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing NY Islanders are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

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

A few Sabres at Lightning trends to consider:
Buffalo is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Buffalo's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Buffalo's last 18 games when playing Tampa Bay
Buffalo is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Tampa Bay's last 18 games when playing Buffalo
Tampa Bay is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Buffalo at Florida, Thursday, February 28
Tampa Bay at NY Rangers, Thursday, February 28