Lightning vs. Sabres Prediction
The NHL Global Series continues today as the Tampa Bay Lightning meet the Buffalo Sabres in Sweden. Will favored Tampa Bay take care of business?
Friday, November 8, 2019
Ericsson Globe at 2:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Lightning are a -160 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Sabres are a +140 underdog, while the total sits at 6.5 goals. As of Friday morning, 53 percent of public bets are siding with Buffalo. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Lightning downed at Islanders
Tampa Bay suffered a 5-2 defeat at New York last Friday night to drop to 6-5-2 on the season. After a scoreless first period, the Islanders scored first in the second period but the Lightning evened it up on a Yanni Gourde goal assisted by Kevin Shattenkirk. New York took the lead again later in the second and pushed its advantage to 4-1 in the third period. Tampa Bay cut it back to 4-2 with 1:57 remaining on a Kevin McDonagh goal assisted by Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat. The Islanders added an empty-net goal with 36 seconds remaining. Andrei Vasilevskiy surrendered four goals on 25 shots in the loss.
Sabres shut out at home
Buffalo suffered a 1-0 home defeat Saturday night against the Islanders to fall to 9-4-2 on the season. New York scored the game's only goal 5:19 into the game and the score remained that way for the duration. Carter Hutton allowed one goal on 21 shots in the tough-luck defeat. Jack Eichel paced the Sabres offense with five shots on goal. Zemgus Girgensens and Jake McCabe each added three shots on goal.
NHL Betting Trends
The Lightning are 6-0 in their last six games played on three or more days of rest. Tampa Bay is 46-10 in its last 56 games versus the Atlantic Division.
The Sabres are 5-0 in their last five games versus the Atlantic Division. Buffalo is 19-40 in its last 59 Friday games.
While the Sabres have had a strong early start to the season, the Lightning are well-rested and due to take a major step forward considering their talent level. Tampa Bay should be charged up for this one considering the atmosphere and would love to show their domination on another continent. Going with the favorites in this spot.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING -160