Sabres vs. Lightning Free Pick
(The Spread) - The Buffalo Sabres look to continue their hot play on the road when they travel to Tampa Bay tonight at 7:00PM ET.
BUFFALO: The Sabres are off to a red-hot start, winning five of their first six games to climb into first place in the Northeast standings. They’re 4-0 on the road this year with their lone loss coming at home against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 14. Thomas Vanek leads the team with 10 points while Jason Pominville has a plus/minus of +6. Ryan Miller also has four wins on the year and is carrying a goals against average of 1.61.
TAMPA BAY: The Lightning have gotten out of the gates a little slow, compiling a 2-3-0-2 record to date. They halted a five-game winless streak with a 4-1 win over the Islanders on October 20 and will now look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Marc-Andre Bergeron leads the team with nine points while Brett Connolly has a plus/minus of +3.
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the visiting Sabres as -117 money line favorites over the host Lightning, who are +108 on the ML. The over/under total for tonight’s game is currently sitting at 5.5 goals.
FREE PICK: Take Buffalo. According to latest NHL trends, the Sabres are 10-2 in their last 12 road games versus Tampa Bay and 20-6 in their last 26 games overall against the Lightning. Tampa, meanwhile, is 1-5 in its last six games overall and 1-5 in its last six games versus the Eastern Conference. The Lightning are also 0-5 in their last five games as an underdog and 0-4 in their last four games following a win.
2011 NHL FREE PICK: BUFFALO SABRES -117