Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, NHL Hockey Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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10-6-1 November 17, 8:00 PM | KeyBank Center 5-7-4

When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, November 17, 2016
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), MSG Buffalo

Team/  Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
tampa-bay-lightningTampa Bay Lightning -1.5 +220 -135 5 -115
buffalo-sabresBuffalo Sabres +1.5 -270 +115 5 -105
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The fans at KeyBank Center will be treated to a game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Buffalo Sabres when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (10-6-1): Tampa Bay could get a boost if speedy wing Jonathan Drouin can return from a concussion that has forced him to miss the last seven games, but defenseman Anton Stralman (upper body) is expected to sit out his third straight contest. Vladislav Namestnikov slid into the center position when Stamkos went down and coach Jon Cooper will likely shuffle his lines, especially if Drouin is back. With Stralman out, Andrej Sustr moved up to the top pair on defense beside Victor Hedman, who leads the team’s blue liners with three goals and 13 points.

ABOUT THE SABRES (5-7-4): Buffalo has injuries of its own with star center Jack Eichel (ankle), wing Tyler Ennis (groin) and defenseman Zach Bogosian out while blue liner Dmitry Kulikov (abdominal) is questionable. Captain Ryan Reilly, who is second to Okposo with nine points, is closing in on a return from an abdominal injury but is expected to miss his third straight game Thursday. Forward Matt Moulson leads the team with six goals – two shy of last season’s total – and talented defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has yet to tally but tops the Sabres with eight assists.

bovada-logo-top-book currently have the Lightning listed as 135-moneyline favorites versus the Sabres, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will have to play without captain Steven Stamkos as they attempt to remain unbeaten on their five-game road trip Thursday against the struggling Buffalo Sabres. Stamkos, who has 20 points in 17 games, was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee Wednesday and is out indefinitely after falling to the ice awkwardly in Tuesday’s 4-3 victory at Detroit.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement the team is in a process of “evaluating options for repair and rehabilitation.” Tampa Bay, which is 2-0-0 on the trip, must lean on its other top players more for a period of time and right wing Nikita Kucherov is already stepping up with four goals in the last four games – including a pair Tuesday. Buffalo must contain Kucherov and get its offense going after scoring five goals during a five-game winless streak (0-3-2). Kyle Okposo is the only Sabre with double-digit points (10) and Buffalo is 1-3-2 at the KeyBank Center as it begins a four-game homestand.

The Sabres were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Blues. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -202 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Red Wings on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -116 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Tampa Bay:
Team record: 10-6-1 SU
Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games

Buffalo:
Team record: 5-7-4 SU
Current Streak: lost 5 straight games.
Buffalo is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Buffalo’s last 11 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia Saturday, November 19
Buffalo home to Pittsburgh Saturday, November 19

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

PicksTampa Bay Lightning will win outright at -135 and the game will go over 5 runs according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Lightning 4, Sabres 3 at bovada-logo-top-book

SMART CHART
TB TEAM BUF
3.18 GOALS 2.45
2.65 GA 2.56
23.53 PP% 18.82
84.31 PK% 82.76
30.76 SHOTS OFF 29.48
30.12 SHOTS DEF 31.69
0.53 GOAL DIFF -0.11
INJURIES
TAMPA BAY
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BUFFALO
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
TAMPA BAY
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Tampa Bay’s last 16 games when playing Buffalo
Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Buffalo
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
BUFFALO
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Buffalo’s last 11 games
Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Buffalo is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Buffalo’s last 16 games when playing Tampa Bay
Buffalo is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
Buffalo is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 3.2 5 2.6 12
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 2.8 13 2.6 12
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 3.2 5 2.7 16
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 2.8 13 2.7 16
Lightning Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 3.2 3 2.7 19
Lightning Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 3.2 3 2.3 10
Lightning Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 2.6 13 2.7 19
Lightning Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 2.6 13 2.3 10
Lightning Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 10.1 30 100.0 1
Lightning Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 10.1 30 84.3 8
Lightning Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 21.6 8 100.0 1
Lightning Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 21.6 8 84.3 8
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 1.9 30 2.5 4
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 1.9 30 2.7 14
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 2.5 26 2.5 4
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 2.5 26 2.7 14
Sabres Home Scoring vs Lightning Road Defense 2.4 28 2.6 9
Sabres Home Scoring vs Lightning Road Defense 1.2 30 2.6 9
Sabres Home Scoring vs Lightning Road Defense 2.4 28 2.5 6
Sabres Home Scoring vs Lightning Road Defense 1.2 30 2.5 6
Sabres Home PP vs Lightning Road PK 23.5 9 82.8 11
Sabres Home PP vs Lightning Road PK 20.0 12 82.8 11
Sabres Home PP vs Lightning Road PK 23.5 9 83.9 13
Sabres Home PP vs Lightning Road PK 20.0 12 83.9 13
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
TAMPA BAY
Tampa Bay leads the league in power play chances with 4.0 per game.
Tampa Bay is second best in the league in power play goals with 0.9 per game.
BUFFALO
Buffalo is the worst offensive team in the league averaging just 1.9 goals per game.

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