Lightning vs. Sabres Free Pick
(The Spread) – Just days after the two teams played in Tampa Bay, the Lightning look to make it two in a row against the Sabres.
TAMPA BAY: After dropping five straight the Lightning have rattled off consecutive victories. Their last win came against the same Buffalo team that they’ll face tonight, as the Lightning beat the Sabres 3-0 on Saturday. Marc-Andre Bergeron leads the team with nine points while Mathieu Garon carries a 1.51 GAA into tonight’s contest.
BUFFALO: The Sabres have been on fire this season, producing five wins in their first seven games. Their lone losses came to the Hurricanes on October 14 and the Lightning last Saturday, but they now start a five-game homestand after being on the road for four straight. Thomas Vanek leads the team with 10 points while Ryan Miller has four wins and a 1.68 GAA heading into tonight.
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the host Sabres as –148 money line favorites over the visiting Lightning, who are +136 on the ML. The over/under total for this contest is currently sitting at 5.5 goals.
FREE PICK: Take Tampa Bay. The Lightning are starting to play more like the team that reached the Eastern Conference finals last year than the one that started the season 1-3-2. Garon shut the Sabres out last Saturday and is expected to make his third-straight start tonight. According to latest NHL trends, the Lightning are 11-5 in their last 16 games veruss a team with a winning record and 4-0 in their last four in the second game of a home-and-home situation. Take Tampa Bay at a great price.
TUESDAY NHL FREE PICK: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING +136