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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres Betting Preview

Buffalo SabresTampa Bay Lightning
March 19, 7:30 PM | St. Pete Times Forum

Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

33-29-10TEAM RECORD32-32-7

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Buffalo Sabres invade St. Pete Times Forum on Monday.

The Lightning currently sports a record of 32-32-7. The Sabres are 33-29-10. Betting totals have seen the Lightning post a 44-26-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Sabres have gone 29-38-5 against the number.

View Buffalo vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Sabres were listed as -105 underdogs on the hockey moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 24-rated Lightning and the No. 27-ranked Sabres, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 10-ranked offense (2.8 goals per game) against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 20 at 2.8 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 15.5% rate while the Sabres have a 81.6% rate on the penalty kill.

Buffalo lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Panthers on March 17. Bettors who backed the Panthers at -125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

The Lightning were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Blues. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -158 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Florida are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Monday are 1-9
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Sabres at Lightning trends to consider:
Buffalo is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Buffalo's last 17 games when playing Tampa Bay
Buffalo is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing Tampa Bay
Buffalo is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Tampa Bay's last 17 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Tampa Bay's last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 12 games

Next up:
Buffalo home to Montreal, Wednesday, March 21
Tampa Bay home to Edmonton, Thursday, March 22