|5||BUFFALO||+135||Ov 5.5,+110||+140||Ov 5.5,+125|
|6||TAMPA BAY||-155||Un 5.5,-130||-160||Un 5.5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||7-13-0||-3.3||7-13||-3.3||9-9||2.4||26.5||2.9||32.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.7||3-2||+1.7||2-3||3.2||25.8||2.4||34.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||40||93||26||31||33||3||3||1163||8.0%||130||29||22.3%||152|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||20||48||16||16||16||0||0||531||9.0%||63||14||22.2%||78|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||4||6||6||0||1||129||12.4%||18||4||22.2%||24|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||14||26||9||8||9||0||0||443||5.9%||49||10||20.4%||45|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||110||25||39||37||9||10||1318||8.3%||119||31||26.1%||184|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||59||12||21||20||6||4||659||9.0%||67||18||26.9%||101|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||3||6||2||1||0||171||7.0%||11||3||27.3%||21|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||39||7||19||10||3||4||468||8.3%||46||12||26.1%||58|
|ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)||27||27||843||776||92.1%||1||10-17||-5.2||10-17-0||-5||10-13|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)||14||14||434||399||91.9%||1||6-8||0||6-8-0||-1||6-6|
|ROBIN LEHNER (vs. Division)||13||13||405||373||92.1%||1||3-10||-6.8||3-10-0||-7||4-8|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||143||131||91.6%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||3-1|
|ANDERS NILSSON (All Games)||14||13||470||437||93.0%||1||6-7||+0.7||6-7-0||+1||5-8|
|ANDERS NILSSON (Road Games)||7||6||224||204||91.1%||0||1-5||-3.3||1-5-0||-3||3-3|
|ANDERS NILSSON (vs. Division)||2||1||62||59||95.2%||1||1-0||+1.3||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|ANDERS NILSSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||140||129||92.1%||0||2-2||+0.7||2-2-0||+1||2-2|
|LINUS ULLMARK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|LINUS ULLMARK (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|LINUS ULLMARK (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||11-9-0||-2.6||11-9||-2.6||11-6||3.0||30.3||3.0||29.6|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.8||1-4||-3.8||4-1||2.4||29.0||4.6||32.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||42||118||26||44||45||3||5||1255||9.4%||154||36||23.4%||204|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||20||61||9||26||23||3||4||607||10.0%||79||20||25.3%||106|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||3||5||4||0||0||145||8.3%||20||6||30.0%||24|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||13||45||9||16||18||2||2||398||11.3%||49||15||30.6%||73|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||127||34||48||41||4||7||1278||9.9%||141||29||20.6%||206|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||61||22||21||16||2||3||592||10.3%||64||12||18.7%||98|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||23||2||13||8||0||2||164||14.0%||16||3||18.7%||38|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||36||9||11||14||2||3||398||9.0%||44||11||25.0%||56|
|BEN BISHOP (All Games)||22||21||612||555||90.7%||1||10-11||-4.3||10-11-0||-4||9-8|
|BEN BISHOP (Home Games)||9||9||234||209||89.3%||0||5-4||-2||5-4-0||-2||4-3|
|BEN BISHOP (vs. Division)||9||9||257||235||91.4%||0||6-3||+2.8||6-3-0||+3||4-2|
|BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)||4||4||78||69||88.5%||0||2-2||-1.3||2-2-0||-1||2-1|
|KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (All Games)||1||0||3||3||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (Last 4 Games)||1||0||3||3||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANDREI VASILEVSKIY (All Games)||23||21||658||595||90.4%||0||9-12||-5||9-12-0||-3||12-8|
|ANDREI VASILEVSKIY (Home Games)||13||11||356||323||90.7%||0||6-5||-0.5||6-5-0||+1||7-3|
|ANDREI VASILEVSKIY (vs. Division)||5||4||139||128||92.1%||0||2-2||-0.8||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|ANDREI VASILEVSKIY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||135||115||85.2%||0||0-4||-4.8||0-4-0||-4||4-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.24, TAMPA BAY 3.1|
|12/16/2016||NY ISLANDERS||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 ov||U|
|12/17/2016||at CAROLINA||1-2||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||U|
|12/20/2016||at FLORIDA||3-4||L||0, +110||L||5 ev||O|
|12/22/2016||CAROLINA||1-3||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||U|
|12/23/2016||at NY ISLANDERS||1-5||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||O|
|12/27/2016||at DETROIT||4-3||W||0, +110||W||5 ov||O|
|12/29/2016||BOSTON||2-4||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||O|
|12/31/2016||at BOSTON||1-3||L||0, +175||L||5 ov||U|
|1/3/2017||at NY RANGERS||4-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/5/2017||at CHICAGO||3-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||O|
|1/7/2017||WINNIPEG||4-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/10/2017||PHILADELPHIA||4-1||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/12/2017||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|1/13/2017||at CAROLINA|| |
|1/17/2017||at TORONTO|| |
|1/21/2017||at MONTREAL|| |
|12/16/2016||at VANCOUVER||2-4||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||O|
|12/17/2016||at EDMONTON||2-3||L||0, +155||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/20/2016||DETROIT||4-1||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||P|
|12/22/2016||ST LOUIS||5-2||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||O|
|12/23/2016||at WASHINGTON||0-4||L||0, +190||L||5 ov||U|
|12/28/2016||MONTREAL||4-3||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|12/29/2016||TORONTO||2-3||L||0, -130||L||5.5 ov||U|
|12/31/2016||CAROLINA||3-1||W||0, -160||W||5.5 ev||U|
|1/3/2017||WINNIPEG||4-6||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/5/2017||NASHVILLE||1-6||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/7/2017||at PHILADELPHIA||2-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/8/2017||at PITTSBURGH||2-6||L||0, +240||L||6 un||O|
|1/16/2017||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|1/17/2017||at ANAHEIM|| |
|1/19/2017||at SAN JOSE|| |
|1/21/2017||at ARIZONA|| |
|BUFFALO: LAST SEASON: 35-36-11, 81 points. Finished 23rd in NHL after two consecutive last-place finishes, and missed playoffs for fifth consecutive season.
COACH: Dan Bylsma (second season, eighth NHL season)
ADDED: F Kyle Okposo, D Dmitry Kulikov, G Anders Nilsson.
LOST: F David Legwand, D Mark Pysyk, G Chad Johnson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Jack Eichel. Selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft behind Edmonton's Connor McDavid, Eichel finished second among NHL rookies with 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists). The 19-year-old displayed breakaway speed and a powerful shot. Eichel is being counted upon to become more consistent now that he has a full season behind him. Eichel went through an 11-game slump spanning November and December, during which he combined for a goal and three assists.
OUTLOOK: The expectations are higher for a Sabres team that made the jump from rock bottom to being relevant by finishing 23rd last season following two consecutive last place finishes. Though missed playoffs for fifth consecutive year, Buffalo showed signs of jelling by closing last year with a 16-10-7 run. Additions of Okposo and Kulikov adds experienced top-line depth to young core. Big question mark is whether G Robin Lehner can establish himself as trusted starter after two injury-shortened seasons.
|TAMPA BAY: LAST SEASON: 49-24-9, 107 points. Second in Central Division. Lost to San Jose Sharks in Western Conference finals.
COACH: Ken Hitchcock, sixth season with Blues (224-103-36) , 20th season overall (757-453-88-106).
ADDED: F David Perron, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C David Backes, F Troy Brouwer, G Brian Elliott, F Steve Ott.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Jake Allen. The Blues made the 26-year-old goalie their go-to guy in net after trading Brian Elliott to Calgary for a second-round draft pick. Allen went 26-15-3 with a 2.35 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and six shutouts in 47 games last season while splitting time with Elliott.
OUTLOOK: The Blues lost veteran forwards David Backes and Troy Brouwer in free agency but return plenty of firepower offensively, led by Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny. St. Louis still has one of the deepest groups of defenseman in the NHL with Alex Pietrangelo, now the team's captain, Jay Bouwmeester, Kevin Shattenkirk and youngster Colton Parayko.
|Sabres, Lightning heading in opposite directions|
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning are just one point apart in the NHL standings, out of the playoff picture but headed in different directions as they try to stay in the wild-card hunt in the second half of the season.
The Lightning (19-19-4) have lost four straight and allowed 22 goals in those games -- they allowed six or more goals just once in their first 38 games, but now have done it three times in the last four -- while the Sabres (16-15-9) are 3-0-1 in their last four.
"We want to be a relentless, aggressive, fast, hard team to , that keeps coming at you for 60 minutes," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Wednesday. "That's when we're at our best. We're getting there."
The Lightning are at the other extreme, struggling defensively in front of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who started 10 straight games since Ben Bishop was sidelined. Tampa Bay went 4-1-1 in the first six, but has lost the last four, and Bishop is expected to return either Thursday or Friday against the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets.
"This is the most difficult stretch we've had since we've been here. It's not a lot of fun," Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness said Wednesday. "There's only one way out of it. You've got to work your way out of it."
The Lightning will try to do that in a difficult stretch -- after Columbus on Friday, they play six straight on the road, including games against three teams atop divisions in the Western Conference in Chicago, San Jose and Anaheim. Having a break over the last three days gave Tampa Bay a rest it has sorely needed.
"I just think that a couple of days off has given the guys some fresh legs," Bowness said. "Tired bodies are a little more rested."
One advantage the Lightning can hope to make the most of is their power play, which is the second-best in the NHL, converting on 23.5 percent of their chances. That will go up against a weak spot for Buffalo, which ranks last in the league in penalty kill, allowing goals on 26 percent of opposing power plays.
The Lightning's struggles on defense may need to be addressed before the trade deadline -- in reaching the Eastern finals last year, they ranked fifth in the NHL with 2.41 goals allowed per game; this year, they've dropped to 25th, allowing 2.98, despite largely the same lineup in goal and on the blue line.
Buffalo is scoring more, with three players tied for the team lead at 27 points in right wing Kyle Okposo (team-best 12 goals), defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (team-best 24 assists) and 21-year-old center Sam Reinhart, who has nine goals. The Sabres will be without goalie Robin Lehner, who is ill and didn't make the trip, so it's likely Anders Nilsson in net against Tampa Bay.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 12:59:45 PM EST|