Buffalo vs Tampa: prediction for the NHL game
Buggalo are on a five-game losing streak. They lost three games in regulation, but managed to put up a fight against Boston (3:4 OT) and Pittsburgh (2:3 OT). At home, the Sabres suffered defeats to New Jersey (3:4) and San Jose (2:3).
One of the main reason the Sabres are doing so poorly is the fact that 10 of their players are on the injury list.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa failed to mount a three-game winning streak and lost to Boston at home (2:5). Goalie Vasilevsky wasn't as realiable as he usually is and saved only 86% of the shots. The Lightning had a good third period, but they couldn't level the score.
Before that, Tampa easily outplayed Calgary (4:1) and crushed Columbus (7:2). Forward Palat chalked up four points in these two games.
In 5 head-to-head games in a row, the teams scored in each period.
In 3 out of 4 games between the two clubs, Buffalo scored first.
We do not doubt Tampa's victory in the upcoming game, especially considering all the setbacks of the Sabres. The Lightning will be looking to bounce back from a crushing defeat they suffered to Boston, and should be able to deliver a solid performance against the struggling Buffalo outfit.
Our prediction - Tampa to win
The two sides prefer to play open hockey in head-to-head games. In the last four matches, the teams scored more than five goals, and we are expecting a similar result today.
Second wager - total over 5.5 goals