Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Preview

Nov 17, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel (9) carries the puck across mid ice defended by Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin(25) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres are on the road at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday in the National Hockey League. The Buffalo Sabres are playing their final game of the season. The Sabres come into the game with 82 points in 81 games. Buffalo is 38-37-6 on the season. The Sabres are coming off an overtime loss at the Panthers on Saturday.

For Tampa Bay, they are 44-28-8 on the season. The Lightning have dropped back to back games. On Saturday, the Lightning lost on the road at the Washington Capitals. Tampa Bay is sixth in the division, but appears to be locked into the wildcard one spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are -184 over the Buffalo Sabres. The total is set at 6.5 goals.

Buffalo Sabres to Wrap Up Season

Rasmus Dahlin and Alex Tuch lead the Sabres in scoring on the season. Tage Thompson is right behind them both. Dahlin has played 80 games, and has 59 points. Tuch has played 74 games and also has 59 points. Thompson has played in 70 games, and has 29 goals and 27 assists on the season.

As a team, the Sabres are scoring 2.96 goals per game. The Sabres are getting nearly 31 shots on goal per game. Buffalo has been one of the worst teams in the league on the power play. The Sabres are scoring on just 16.7% of their chances. The Sabres are allowing 2.98 goals per game.

The Buffalo Sabres are likely to send Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to the goal in this game. He is 27-22-4 on the season with a 2.57 goals against average. The goaltender has five shut-outs on the season. In his last start, he lost in overtime, allowing just 3 goals on 42 shots. He won the previous start over Washington.

Lightning Leading in as Wildcard

For Tampa Bay,  Andrei Vasilevskiy will likely be in between the pipes.  The 29 year old has made 51 starts on the season. He comes into the game with a 30-19-2 record on the season. He is allowing 2.88 goals per game. His last start was on April 13th in a loss to the Washington Capitals.

Tampa Bay has been really good on the offensive side most of the season. Tampa Bay is scoring 3.5 goals per game. The Lightning have the best power play in the league; at 28.9%. Tampa Bay also has one of the best shooting percentages in the league at 12%. The Lightning on defense are allowing 3.24 goals per game.

The top scorer for the Lightning has been Nikita Kucherov. He has been an absolute monster, as he leads the league with 141 points. He is four ahead of MacKinnon for the lead. Kucherov is two assists away from 100 on the season, with 43 goals. The Lightning are also getting 89 points from Brayden Point.

Lightning Get By Sabres on Monday

The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to get back on track in this game. The Lightning know they need to get going already for the postseason. A walk in the park for Tampa Bay at home here.

The Sabres fall in their final game of the season.  Our final betting pick for this game in the National Hockey League is the Tampa Bay Lightning -184 over the Buffalo Sabres. Enjoy the game and best of luck with all your bets!

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