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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/29/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
TAMPA BAY
 
BUFFALO
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Final
3

TAMPA BAY (40-24-0-9, 89 pts.) at BUFFALO (20-45-0-8, 48 pts.)
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Saturday, 3/29/2014 7:05 PM
#1 GOALTENDERS: TAMPA BAY - BEN BISHOP, BUFFALO - MATT HACKETT
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
59TAMPA BAY-220Ov 5.5,+120-220Ov 5,-140
60BUFFALO+180Un 5.5,-140+180Un 5,+120
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games40-33-0+3.540-33+3.537-323.029.82.729.3
Team Stats (Road Games)19-19-0+1.219-19+1.218-202.729.72.729.9
Last 5 Games3-2-003-204-13.830.23.431.6
vs. Division16-10-0+3.216-10+3.211-142.932.02.628.4
TAMPA BAY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)732175882651214217310.0%2384318.1%370
Team Stats (Road Games)381032641297711309.1%1212117.4%180
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5196571115112.6%23730.4%33
Team Stats (vs. Division)2676182724768319.1%941414.9%127
Stats Against (All Games) 19545786391321409.1%2434819.8%310
Stats Against (Road Games) 1042542343611379.1%1292720.9%160
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 175642115810.8%20420.0%27
Stats Against (vs. Division) 68182522357389.2%83910.8%99
TAMPA BAY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
BEN BISHOP (All Games)57571619150092.6%435-22+11.635-22-0+1227-26
BEN BISHOP (Road Games)292981975992.7%216-13+4.216-13-0+513-16
BEN BISHOP (vs. Division)222258854392.3%015-7+6.615-7-0+710-11
BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)4412911790.7%03-1+13-1-0+13-1
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (All Games)10131184.6%00-000-0-000-0
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (vs. Division)10131184.6%00-000-0-000-0
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (Last 4 Games)10131184.6%00-000-0-000-0
KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)201650144087.8%25-11-85-11-0-710-6
ANDERS LINDBACK (Road Games)12931327587.9%23-6-2.93-6-0-35-4
ANDERS LINDBACK (vs. Division)6413511988.1%11-3-3.41-3-0-31-3
ANDERS LINDBACK (Last 4 Games)431059186.7%00-3-4.40-3-0-41-2

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games20-53-0-22.320-53-22.325-361.926.33.034.7
Team Stats (Home Games)12-25-0-9.312-25-9.314-162.125.72.932.4
Last 5 Games1-4-0-2.41-4-2.42-31.425.03.233.4
vs. Division7-19-0-97-19-97-161.927.52.634.6
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)7313935435291019197.2%2293214.0%223
Team Stats (Home Games)3778192726659528.2%1192016.8%130
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)57322001255.6%1119.1%10
Team Stats (vs. Division)2650102017337167.0%881213.6%82
Stats Against (All Games) 21872706881525308.6%2454418.0%379
Stats Against (Home Games) 1083337335511999.0%1192016.8%185
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 16736001679.6%17317.6%28
Stats Against (vs. Division) 68202420459007.6%831518.1%112
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)282683476091.1%34-22-154-22-0-157-15
JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)141441937689.7%02-12-8.22-12-0-86-6
JHONAS ENROTH (vs. Division)101032830392.4%03-7-1.83-7-0-22-6
JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)4411310391.2%00-4-40-4-0-40-3
MATT HACKETT (All Games)33867991.9%11-2-0.41-2-001-2
MATT HACKETT (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MATT HACKETT (vs. Division)11353394.3%10-1-10-1-0-10-1
MATT HACKETT (Last 4 Games)33867991.9%11-2-0.41-2-001-2
NATHAN LIEUWEN (All Games)42918290.1%00-2-20-2-0-21-1
NATHAN LIEUWEN (Home Games)101010100.0%00-000-0-000-0
NATHAN LIEUWEN (vs. Division)101010100.0%00-000-0-000-0
NATHAN LIEUWEN (Last 4 Games)42918290.1%00-2-20-2-0-21-1
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)151451747692.1%14-10-6.64-10-0-67-7
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (vs. Division)4413913093.5%10-4-4.20-4-0-41-3
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)4415614592.9%11-3-2.21-3-0-22-2
Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 3.07,  BUFFALO 3.12
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
TAMPA BAY - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
3/2/2014at COLORADO3-6L0, +130L5.5 unO
3/4/2014at ST LOUIS2-4L0, +160L5.5 unO
3/6/2014BUFFALO1-3L0, -240L5.5 unU
3/8/2014BOSTON3-4L0, +100L5.5 unO
3/10/2014PHOENIX3-4L0, -150L5.5 unO
3/13/2014FLORIDA5-4W0, -260W5.5 unO
3/15/2014NEW JERSEY3-0W0, -160W5 ovU
3/17/2014VANCOUVER4-3W0, -215W5 ovO
3/19/2014at TORONTO5-3W0, -135W5.5 evO
3/20/2014at OTTAWA5-4W0, -125W5.5 ovO
3/22/2014at PITTSBURGH3-4L0, +150L6 unO
3/24/2014OTTAWA3-4L0, -200L5.5 ovO
3/27/2014NY ISLANDERS3-2W0, -250W5.5 ovU
3/29/2014at BUFFALO 
3/30/2014at DETROIT 
4/1/2014MONTREAL 
4/3/2014CALGARY 
4/5/2014DALLAS 
4/8/2014TORONTO 

BUFFALO - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
3/3/2014at DALLAS2-3L0, +180L5.5 unU
3/6/2014at TAMPA BAY3-1W0, +200W5.5 unU
3/7/2014at FLORIDA0-2L0, +140L5.5 unU
3/9/2014CHICAGO1-2L0, +210L5.5 unU
3/11/2014NASHVILLE1-4L0, +100L5 ovP
3/13/2014at CAROLINA2-4L0, +165L5.5 unO
3/15/2014at NY ISLANDERS1-4L0, +125L5.5 unU
3/16/2014MONTREAL0-2L0, +155L5 ovU
3/18/2014at CALGARY1-3L0, +160L5 ovU
3/20/2014at EDMONTON3-1W0, +160W5 ovU
3/23/2014at VANCOUVER2-4L0, +195L5 ovO
3/25/2014at MONTREAL0-2L0, +175L5 evU
3/27/2014at NASHVILLE1-6L0, +175L5 evO
3/29/2014TAMPA BAY 
4/1/2014NEW JERSEY 
4/3/2014at ST LOUIS 
4/4/2014at DETROIT 
4/6/2014at PHILADELPHIA 
4/8/2014DETROIT 
KEY GAME INFORMATION
TAMPA BAY: Since getting off to a flying start in 2011-12, the Steve Yzerman era in Tampa Bay has stalled considerably.
Heading into his fourth season as the club's general manager, the former Detroit Red Wings great is aiming to reverse the trend that has seen the Lightning miss out on the playoffs in each of the past two springs after making it to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010.
The Lightning are an exciting team to watch, but the club's high-powered offensive attack may need to dial it back a little in 2013-14 in order to comply with Cooper's new system. That doesn't mean he'll put a leash on Stamkos or St. Louis, but the rest of the forwards will be asked to chip in more at the back end. The slightest improvement on defense and in goal could be the difference in making the playoffs this season. Then again, treading water will likely mean a third straight season out of the postseason.
BUFFALO: BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston is tempering his initial expectations after all the changes the team made over the past year.
Rolston is opening his first full season after taking over in February when Lindy Ruff was fired. And he's overseeing a roster that's been transformed following the team's youth movement over the past two seasons.
And more changes could be in store with goalie Ryan Miller and forward Thomas Vanek's futures uncertain beyond this season.
That has led Rolston to caution that he doesn't expect the Sabres to start revealing their true potential until a few months into the season.
Patience remains the watchword in Buffalo, for a franchise that's missed the playoffs in four of the past six seasons.
The Sabres open at Detroit on Oct. 2.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-BUFFALO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Lightning-Sabres Preview* ==========================

By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer

Tampa Bay (40-24-9) at Buffalo (20-45-8), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Buffalo's victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning three weeks ago was surprising to say the least, but it certainly didn't do much to inspire the last-place Sabres to earn many more.

Tampa Bay, on the other hand, has bounced back nicely in its chase for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The Lightning seek a fourth victory in five road matchups with the Sabres on Saturday night.

Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson and Tyler Myers had a goal and an assist apiece in Buffalo's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay on March 6. The Sabres (20-45-8), though, have been outscored 34-12 while dropping 10 of 11 since, including Thursday's 6-1 loss to Nashville.

Buffalo's 3-1 win over Edmonton on March 20 marked the only time it has scored more than two goals in that stretch.

"It's just one of those things (that) in order to rebuild and to retool, you rebuild and retool with the right people, and it's never changed from 20 years ago to today," coach Ted Nolan said. "You need the right people with the right makeup with the right character with the right drive and ambition. You don't just show up."

The Lightning (40-24-9), meanwhile, haven't scored fewer than three goals since that home loss to the Sabres, going 6-0-4 to sit two points behind Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division with two games in hand.

Steven Stamkos, who returned from a broken leg in the loss to Buffalo, has seven goals and three assists over his last eight.

Ryan Callahan scored twice and veteran defenseman Sami Salo scored his first career shootout goal in the 13th round as Tampa beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday.

"First and foremost, we got two points and that's what we needed," coach Jon Cooper said. "They're not all a Picasso, but we have to be better."

Callahan played his first game with Tampa Bay in the loss to Buffalo after being acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for former captain Martin St. Louis. He has four goals and four assists since joining the Lightning.

Both of Callahan's goals Thursday came from in close.

"He makes a living in that area," Cooper said. "Wherever there is paint on the ice, he does a heck of a job. Clearly, we needed him and he was really good for us."

Ben Bishop made 25 saves and nine more in the shootout to improve to 6-0-1 with a 2.65 goals-against average over his last seven starts. The Lightning play Detroit on Sunday, and it's unclear if Bishop or backup Anders Lindback will get the nod in this one.

Bishop won the first two meetings with Buffalo by 3-2 scores on Oct. 8 and Oct. 26.

It's uncertain who will be in net for the Sabres. Matt Hackett started Thursday but gave up four first-period goals and was pulled in favor of rookie Nathan Lieuwen, who allowed two goals on 19 shots through the final 40 minutes.

Rookie defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first career goal Thursday as an emergency replacement due to an undisclosed injury to Myers, who officially is considered day to day.


Last Updated: 10/30/2014 12:09:49 PM EST


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