Thursday, November 17, 2016
First Niagara Center
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The Tampa Bay Lightning travel to First Niagara Center to play the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, November 17, 2016. The opening line for this game has the Lightning at -115 and the Sabres at +104. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
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Tampa Bay comes into this matchup having played 17 games. They have an overall record of 10-6-1 and on the road they have a record of 5-4-0. Currently they are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They've scored 54 goals and given up 45 goals for a point differential of +9. The Lightning have an overall record of 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. For the season they have an ATS record of 9-7 and an over/under record of 7-8-2. Buffalo shows up with a record of 5-7-4 including 1-3-2 at home this season. They are 8th in the Atlantic Division. They've scored 30 goals and surrendered 41 for a goal differential of -11. The Sabres have a record of 4-4-2 in their last 10 contests. Their record against the spread is 5-11 while their over/under record sits at 4-11-1.
Nikita Kucherov has accumulated 21 total points this season for the Lightning. He has 8 goals this season with 43 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 19%. He has a total of 13 assists on the season and averages 18 minutes played per game. Victor Hedman has averaged 24 minutes of ice time per game this year. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 9% by scoring 3 goals on 32 shots. He has 10 assists giving him a total of 13 points on the season. Ben Bishop has 6 wins and 5 losses this season in net for the Lightning. He has had 328 shots against him and has given up 32 goals. He has made 296 saves for a save percentage of 90%.
Ryan O'Reilly has accumulated 9 total points this season for the Sabres. He has 4 goals this season with 43 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 9%. He has a total of 5 assists on the season and averages 22 minutes played per game. Kyle Okposo has averaged 19 minutes of ice time per game. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 14% by scoring 5 goals on 37 shots. He has 5 assists giving him a total of 10 points on the season. Robin Lehner has 4 wins and 6 losses this season in net for the Sabres. He has had 367 shots against him and has given up 29 goals. He has made 338 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
The Lightning have 21 total points this season. They have scored 54 goals while giving up 45 goals. They have had 67 power play opportunities and have scored 16 goals on those chances for a percentage of 24%. The Lightning have allowed 51 power play opportunities and given up 8 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 84%. They average 31 shots per game and as a team are shooting 10.33% for the season to this point. They allow 30 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 92%.
The Sabres have a total of 14 points on the season. They have 10 power play goals on 48 opportunities thus far for a percentage of 21%. They have allowed 58 power play opportunities and have given up 10 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 83%. As a team, the Lightning have a total of 30 goals scored while they've given up 41 goals to this point. They average 28 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 6.59%. As a team they give up 32 shots per game and have a save percentage of 93%.
Tampa Bay has a Corsi percentage of 51.5% as they've attempted 949 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 892 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is at 51.1% as they have 715 attempts while they've given up 684 shots on the defensive end. The Lightning start possessions in the offensive zone 50.2% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 49.8% for the season. They have 518 face off wins compared to 548 losses, meaning their faceoff win percentage is 48.6%. On defense Tampa Bay has 347 hits and they've blocked 208 shots from the opposition.
Buffalo has attempted 815 shots at full strength and they've given up 905 attempts, meaning their Corsi percentage is at 47.4% for the season. In terms of Fenwick percentage, they currently are at 46.7% as they have 615 shots while they've given up 703 attempts on defense. The Sabres have an offensive zone percentage of 45.7% and their defensive zone percentage is 54.3% so far this season. They have a faceoff win percentage of 52.6% as they've compiled 529 face off wins this season and they have suffered 476 face off losses. On defense Buffalo has blocked 202 shot attempts and they have 367 hits as a unit.
Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Lightning are 9-7 straight up
The Tampa Bay Lightning are 7-8-2 against the over/under
Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
The Buffalo Sabres are 5-11 straight up
The Buffalo Sabres are 4-11-1 against the over/under
Tampa Bay Lightning Injuries
11/16/16 C Steven Stamkos Knee out indefinitely
11/14/16 D Anton Stralman Upper Body expected to miss Thursday vs Buffalo
11/09/16 LW Jonathan Drouin Concussion out indefinitely
Buffalo Sabres Injuries
11/15/16 D Dmitry Kulikov Abdominal "?" Thursday vs Tampa Bay
11/15/16 C Ryan O'Reilly Abdominal "?" Thursday vs Tampa Bay
11/12/16 C Cody McCormick Blood Clot out indefinitely
11/10/16 LW Tyler Ennis Groin out indefinitely
11/03/16 D Zach Bogosian Knee out indefinitely
10/31/16 LW Nicolas Deslauriers Knee out indefinitely
10/12/16 C Jack Eichel Ankle out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo +104
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