The NHL is back on Friday evening as the Buffalo Sabres will face out the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The Sabres go into this game after a disappointing 4-2 home defeat at the hands of the Senators. On the other side, the Florida Lightning is on the wings of a 4-0 home win over the Bruins.
Buffalo Sabres Form
After the defeat in the clash with the Senators, The Buffalo Sabres will be the team with the lowest points in the league this year. Moreover, the Sabres will not be part of the postseason for the 7th year in a row. Buffalo away from stands at 14-25 and they have averaged 2.54 goals per game and have allowed 3.33 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game, The Sabres has been very poor so far as they are ranked 31st in the league in scoring at 2.38 goals per game, converting on 18.5% of their chances. At the defensive part of the game, they have been in a poor form as they are placed on the 29th spot in goals allowed, letting in an average of 3.38 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 22.3% of their chances.
Tampa Bay Lighting
The Tampa Bay Lightning made a great step in the right direction as the beat the Boston Bruins on Tuesday evening by a score of 4-0. The Lighting is tied up at the first-place spot with the Bruins. This will be a huge game for Tampa Bay as they are aiming to finish alone at the top of the table. The Lightning home form for this year stands at 28-12 here and they have averaged 3.45 goals per game and have allowed 2.88 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive part of the game, Tampa Bay has been in a great form as they are ranked 1st in the league in scoring at 3.51 goals per game, converting on 24.3% of their chances. At the defensive side of the game, their form has been above average so far as they come placed on the 12th spot in goals allowed, letting in 2.83 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 23.8% of their chances.
Tampa Bay is on a quest to finish at the top in the Eastern Conference. This game is a perfect opportunity to move closer towards that goal. On the other hand, The Sabres have the ability to surprise many teams this year and they will be motivated for this after the defeat from the Senators. However, I believe that Tampa Bay will win this game easily. They have a great offensive record this year and they will not let a slip to happen here. Go for the Tampa Bay to win this one easily.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lighting today on 4/4/2018 is: Take the Tampa Bay Lighting -360 (money line bet)
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