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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres Preview and Predictions 11-13-2018 in NHL


The Buffalo Sabres are looking more like a contender this season by finding ways to pull out games and will look to test themselves against the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning at home Tuesday night. The Sabres knocked off Montreal 6-5 in overtime on Thursday before rallying late to tie and later defeat red-hot Vancouver 4-3 in a shootout Saturday to extend their home point streak to four (3-0-1).

"It's a good feeling to have that belief," Buffalo forward Sam Reinhart told reporters after Saturday's win. "You're going to run through adversity throughout the year and you sort of need to keep that belief. Things aren't going to go your way, you're going to have bad nights. (Saturday) I think wasn't our best night, but we found a way to get the job done and get two points." The Sabres split four matchups in the season series last season, but the Lightning are 6-1-1 in the past eight meetings as they begin a tough four-game road trip that continues on to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Nashville. Tampa Bay will have to turn the page on a dispiriting 6-4 loss to Ottawa on Saturday after giving up four unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to end a four-game winning streak. "It's time to reset," Lightning forward Tyler Johnson told the team's website. "We've got to have a good road trip, get some wins here. It's all about the start and trying to get some momentum right away."

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network 

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (12-4-1): Victor Hedman scored in his first game back following a seven-game injury absence, but fellow defenseman Anton Stralman is considered day-to-day after missing Saturday's contest with an upper-body injury. Right wing Mathieu Joseph scored twice in the loss to Ottawa and has posted four goals in the last four contests after going without one in the first 13 games of his NHL career. Center Brayden Point leads the team with nine goals and 19 points, but owns a minus-4 rating in the last two games, while right wing Nikita Kucherov (198 career assists) is next with 18 after managing two shots combined the past two contests.



ABOUT THE SABRES (9-6-2): Captain Jack Eichel, who missed parts of Saturday's game with a lower-body injury but returned for the third period, has seven assists in his last four games to tie Jeff Skinner for the team lead in points (19). Skinner (398 career points) tops the team with 12 goals after posting six in the past five games and Reinhart has registered three two-point performances in his last four contests to double his output on the season. Rasmus Dahlin, the first pick in last June's draft, recorded his first two-point game in the NHL with two assists Saturday and fellow defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen owns five points in the last five contests.

OVERTIME

1. Tampa Bay D Ryan McDonagh boasts 199 career assists after posting five to go along with a plus-6 rating in the last four games.

2. The Sabres are 0-for-9 on the power play the last three contests, but have killed off all 11 opportunities in a four-game span.

3. Lightning G Andrei Vasilevskiy is 7-1-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average, .941 save percentage and two shutouts lifetime versus Buffalo.

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First Niagara Center
Buffalo, New York, USA.
Capacity: 19,070

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buffalo-sabres Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Jeff Skinner 82 40 7 3 12 12 13 8 0 16 0 1721 268
Jack Eichel 77 28 2 2 10 6 10 8 0 26 0 1756 303
Sam Reinhart 82 22 1 0 7 8 7 2 0 15 0 1730 180
Jason Pominville 73 16 3 0 4 7 5 1 0 2 0 1232 134
Conor Sheary 78 14 3 1 5 5 3 4 0 6 0 1480 147
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Linus Ullmark 37 34 0 0 0 14 15 5 0
Carter Hutton 50 48 0 0 0 25 18 2 2
Alexander Nylander 12 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 4
Brendan Guhle 6 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 2
C.J. Smith 11 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Jack Eichel 77 0 54 18 0
Sam Reinhart 82 0 43 13 0
Rasmus Ristolainen 78 0 38 16 0
Rasmus Dahlin 82 0 35 15 0
Jeff Skinner 82 0 23 8 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Linus Ullmark 37 34 109 3.111 30 37 37 5 1146 15 398 376 357 0
Carter Hutton 50 48 142 3.000 39 61 40 2 1541 28 531 533 449 0
Alexander Nylander 12 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Brendan Guhle 6 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
C.J. Smith 11 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Linus Ullmark 37 34 2 0 0 0
Alexander Nylander 12 0 0 0 0 0
Brendan Guhle 6 0 0 0 0 0
C.J. Smith 11 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Hutton 50 48 0 0 0 3
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Carter Hutton 50 48 142345 14709 170377 13323
Linus Ullmark 37 34 108083 9519 126126 8524
Rasmus Ristolainen 78 0 91107 14049 115322 10166
Rasmus Dahlin 82 0 89277 14029 104085 779
Jack Eichel 77 0 75701 16283 94439 2455

tampa-bay-lightning Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Steven Stamkos 82 45 6 0 12 18 15 19 2 40 2 1789 234
Brayden Point 79 41 7 2 17 10 12 20 0 35 0 1675 191
Nikita Kucherov 82 41 8 0 14 10 17 15 0 48 0 1765 246
Tyler Johnson 80 29 4 0 11 7 11 1 1 8 1 1650 163
Yanni Gourde 80 22 5 1 7 7 7 5 1 9 2 1597 130
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Andrei Vasilevskiy 53 53 0 0 1 10 39 3 6
Adam Erne 65 0 12 11 159 0 0 0 40
Alex Killorn 82 0 8 2 88 0 0 0 45
Anthony Cirelli 82 0 449 502 94 0 0 0 34
Anton Stralman 47 0 0 0 59 0 0 0 8
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Nikita Kucherov 82 0 87 33 0
Steven Stamkos 82 0 53 21 0
Brayden Point 79 0 51 15 0
Victor Hedman 70 0 42 23 1
Ryan McDonagh 82 0 37 3 3
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Edward Pasquale 3 3 12 3.957 5 3 4 0 102 1 42 29 30 0
Louis Domingue 26 26 75 2.883 29 21 25 0 812 8 287 260 257 0
Andrei Vasilevskiy 53 53 128 2.397 50 37 38 3 1713 27 578 593 515 0
Adam Erne 65 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26
Alex Killorn 82 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Andrei Vasilevskiy 53 53 6 0 0 1
Adam Erne 65 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Killorn 82 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Cirelli 82 0 0 1 0 0
Anton Stralman 47 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Andrei Vasilevskiy 53 53 157311 16260 192225 18654
Ryan McDonagh 82 0 89964 3254 108674 15456
Nikita Kucherov 82 0 79676 18341 98230 213
Victor Hedman 70 0 72809 13936 95636 8891
Louis Domingue 26 26 77941 7500 93637 8196