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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres Preview

Buffalo Sabres

Tampa Bay Lightning
2-9-1 October 26, 2013, 07:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 6-3-0

The Lightning get a visit from the Buffalo Sabres in hockey action on Saturday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Lightning sport a record of 6-3-0 heading into this matchup, while the Sabres sit at 2-9-1 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-5 for the Lightning and 3-8-1 for the Sabres.

View Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Buffalo before puck drop in this match found them as 186-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, ccording to BetOnline.

The Lightning sit at No. 14 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Sabres sit at a No. 30 on the same chart.

Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the Panthers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sabres at +130 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Lightning were a 6-5 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Blackhawks. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at +102 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 3-ranked offense (3.56 goals per game) against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.83 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 24.32% rate while the Sabres have a 84.21% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Sabres at Lightning trends to consider:
Buffalo is 1-10-1 SU in its last 12 games
Buffalo is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Buffalo is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Buffalo at Dallas, Monday, October 28th
Tampa Bay at Florida, Sunday, October 27th