The Tampa Bay Lightning head to Buffalo for a showdown with the Sabres tonight. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7pm EST from KeyBank Center.
Tampa Bay enters this game with a record of 12-7-1 while the Sabres come in with a record of 9-12 on the season. Both teams are looking to improve their standing in the Atlantic division and will be a fun matchup between division rivals.
The Lightning have been having a good season offensively, scoring 3.45 goals per game. They are 6-3-1 over their last ten games and have found some footing during their season. The defending Eastern Conference champions look as strong as they have and are gearing up for another run. Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos have kept up their end of the bargain and remain key contributors to the overall success of this franchise.
It’s been a rougher start to the season for Buffalo. They are showing improvement on offense, scoring 3.62 goals per game. However, they are giving up 3.68 goals per game on the defensive side of the ice. Going against a team like the Lightning, the defense is going to need to step up. If they can even somewhat contain the Lightning attack, they will have a chance in this matchup tonight.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Buffalo Sabres 3
I think the Lightning win this game and gain some more ground in the standings. If they can limit the turnovers today, this shouldn’t be a tough game for them.