NHL FREE BETTING TIP: Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning
- Title : NHL FREE BETTING TIP: Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning
In a matchup between two teams with totally different seasons, the Buffalo Sabres are hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Buffalo Sabres are having another season to forget as they are sixth in the Atlantic Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 10-18-6 record.
The Sabres have lost the last five games and 12 of the last 14.
Most recently they lost 3-2 at home against the San Jose Sharks. The visitors scored three goals in a five-minute span in the first period and that proved to be enough for the victory.
Jeff Skinner and Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres who lost their sixth straight at home.
Rasmus Dahlin leads the Sabres with 16 assists and has 22 points this season. Tage Thompson has 7 points over the last 10 games for Buffalo.
The Sabres are 3-4-3 against the rest of their division. Buffalo averages 3.0 penalties per game, the fewest in the Eastern Conference. Alex Tuch leads them averaging 0.7.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are currently second in the Eastern Conference with a 23-9-5 record and the same number of points like the leading Florida Panthers.
The Lightning have lost four of their last six games including a 5-2 loss against the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots for the Lightning. They are 8-1-1 in their last 10 homes games.
Steven currently ranks sixth in the league with 41 points, scoring 16 goals and recording 25 assists.
The Lightning are 8-5-1 against opponents in the Atlantic. Tampa Bay is sixth in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.2 goals per game, led by Stamkos with 16.
- Alex Tuch, Casey Fitzgerald, Peyton Krebs, Kyle Okposo, Dustin Tokarski, Craig Anderson, Robert Hagg, Jacob Bryson, Tage Thompson and Anders Bjork are out for the Sabres
- The Lightning will be without Ryan McDonagh, Zach Bogosian and Ross Colton.
- Tampa Bay has won 8 of the last 10 games against the Sabres but Buffalo won the first match this season and it was 5-1 on October 25, 2021.
Both teams have struggled lately but the Lightning have the quality to make the leap. Tampa Bay has been dominating Buffalo except in their last match up and they will cruise to an easy win. Lightning center Steven Stamkos is in great shape and will prove that once again in Buffalo. The Lightning are expected to win by at least two goals margin in a game that will go over 5.5 goals.
Tampa Bay to win -3.5
|Prediction||Tampa Bay Lightning to win|
|Start Time||01:00 : 12-Jan-22|