Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 01/12/17 – Expert Prediction
Written by: Alex Alarcon
Buffalo Sabres (16-15-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (19-19-4)
Game Time: Thursday, January 12, 2017 Amalie Arena
Lines: Buffalo +146/ Tampa Bay -162
The Buffalo Sabres travel to Amalie Arena to play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, January 12, 2017.
Make It Two In A Row
Buffalo comes into this matchup having played 40 games. They have an overall record of 16-15-9 and on the road they have a record of 7-7-6. Currently they are 7th in the Atlantic Division. They’ve scored 93 goals and given up 110 goals for a point differential of -17. The Sabres have an overall record of 4-4-2 in their last 10 games.
The Sabres have 41 total points this season. They have scored 93 goals while giving up 110 goals. They have had 130 power play opportunities and have scored 29 goals on those chances for a percentage of 22%. The Sabres have allowed 119 power play opportunities and given up 31 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 74%.
They average 29 shots per game and as a team are shooting 8.00% for the season to this point. They allow 33 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 92%.
4 Game Losing Skid
Tampa Bay shows up with a record of 19-19-4 including 11-7-2 at home this season. They are 6th in the Atlantic Division. They’ve scored 118 goals and surrendered 127 for a goal differential of -9. The Lightning have a record of 4-5-1 in their last 10 contests. Their record against the spread is 17-23 while their over/under record sits at 21-16-5.
Tampa Bay has attempted 2,293 shots at full strength and they’ve given up 2,245 attempts, meaning their Corsi percentage is at 50.5% for the season. In terms of Fenwick percentage, they currently are at 50.1% as they have 1,736 shots while they’ve given up 1,727 attempts on defense.
- Under is 15-5-2 in Sabres last 22 games playing on 1 days rest.
Tampa Bay Lightning
- Under is 13-4-4 in the last 21 meetings.
- Under is 18-7-2 in the last 27 meetings in Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are struggling, as they have not won a game in their last 4 games. On the other hand, the Sabres are winners of two in a row of close wins. Take the under as the Sabres may be able to keep Tampa Bay in check for awhile.
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