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Hockey Betting - Sabres at Lightning

Hockey betting handicappers continue to be surprised at the success of the Lightning as they are one of the biggest online hockey betting surprises of the season.
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Hockey betting fans are taking notice of Tampa Bay as a bona fide online hockey betting playoff contender that continues to offer better than expected value on the board.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night with a telecast on Versus set to start at 7:30 PM ET.  Have your account ready at Sports Gambling for side and total action on this important Eastern Conference matchup that has serious playoff implications.

Buffalo was starting to perk up a bit with the hockey gambling odds as they paid out in 5 of their last 7 games heading into his matchup to get back into the Eastern Conference playoff race.  Buffalo was 24-22-5 and 12-10-4 on the road.  The Sabres were 13-12-1 over the total away from home.

What has been troubling about the Sabres is that they ranked 19th for goals against despite having last year’s USA Olympic hero Ryan Miller in goal.  Miller had a 2.67 goals against average as the Buffalo offense was in the middle of the pack as it ranked 14th for goal scoring.  Thomas Vanek led the Sabres in scoring with 44 points.

Tampa Bay was 32-16-3-2 with the hockey lines and was a strong 17-5-1-1 at home as they were an even 12-12 on over unders as a host.  Tampa Bay continued to lead the Southeast Division over powerful and highly regarded Washington.

The Lightning were ranked 9th in the NHL for goal scoring as Steven Stamkos emerged as a star with 39 goals and 29 assists.  The defense was a lot shakier and goaltender Dan Ellis had a 2.87 goals against average.

Until recently Buffalo had dominated this series as they won 15 out of 18 before losing the last 2 meetings, both of which occurred this season.  Tampa Bay scored a 2-1 payout at Buffalo on November 20 and then scored a 3-1 payoff at home on December 18.  Both games went under the total.

Buffalo has won 9 of their last 11 trips to Tampa Bay with 3 of the last 5 meetings between the teams in Tampa Bay going over the hockey betting total.