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Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction, Pick, and Preview 4/10/2022

The Buffalo Sabres takes on the Tampa Bay Lightning on 4/10/2022 at 05:05 PM.

Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning face off today. The Buffalo Sabres has a record of 26.0-36.0 this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning is 43.0-20.0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Buffalo Sabres Team Defense Preview




They give up 2.8 goals per game in even strength situations, they are below average on the defensive end. Opponents shoot 0.6 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and this is a sign of strength. Opponents force Buffalo Sabres into 2.5 penalty kill situations per game, which puts them among the best in the NHL. They have a penalty kill rate of 74.86%, which is among the worst in the NHL.

Opponents take 33.7 shots per game regardless of situation, this needs to be corrected now and they are below average at keeping the puck from getting in the net.

Buffalo Sabres Team Offense Preview

They score 2.1 goals per game in even strength situations. They have a below average offense by NHL standards. They score 0.6 goals per game in power play situations, the power play is a problem and they are among the worst when opponents are shorthanded. Thus far, they have had 2.7 power play opportunities per game this season and this would be considered below average, it may improve though. This means that they score on 20.51% of their shots on the power play, they would be considered mediocre in these situations.

They take 29.5 shots per game regardless of situation. They are not getting enough shot attempts as they would probably like and the shots taken are less likely to find the net than most NHL teams.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Defense Preview

They give up 2.2 goals per game in even strength situations and this puts them as an above average defensive team in these situations. Opponents shoot 0.6 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and this is a sign of strength. Opponents force Tampa Bay Lightning into 3.1 penalty kill situations per game. They have a penalty kill rate of 81.36%, which is average.

Opponents take 29.8 shots per game regardless of situation. They are doing an above average job denying shot attempts in volume and they are average at keeping the puck from getting in the net.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Offense Preview




They score 2.5 goals per game in even strength situations. This is an average NHL offense. They score 0.7 goals per game in power play situations. They are average in power play situations, nothing special here. Thus far, they have had 3.1 power play opportunities per game this season. This means that they score on 21.62% of their shots on the power play.

They take 30.6 shots per game regardless of situation. They are not getting enough shot attempts as they would probably like and their shot quality is rather decent.

The Buffalo Sabres Roster

The Players to Watch for Buffalo Sabres

Rasmus Dahlin D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -21.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 9 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 35 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 44 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 5.9% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Tage Thompson C

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -18.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 32 goals this season, which is among the best in the NHL and he has 26 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 58 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 14.0% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Jeff Skinner LW

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -13.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 30 goals this season, which is among the best in the NHL and he has 24 assists this season. This puts him at 54 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 13.1% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.





The Tampa Bay Lightning Roster

The Players to Watch for Tampa Bay Lightning

Victor Hedman D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 17.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 19 goals this season, he is a scoring threat and he has 48 assists this season, he is among the best in the NHL at setting up teammates. This puts him at 67 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the division. He makes 10.2% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Mikhail Sergachev D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 8.0 this season. He has scored 6 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 28 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 34 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 4.7% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Ryan McDonagh D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 7.0 this season. He has scored 3 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 18 assists this season. This puts him at 21 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 4.0% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Buffalo Sabres 2 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

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