The opponent tonight is the Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite having won a Cup – TB is not really a hockey hotbed that thrives from year to year. The season that we are seeing is pretty typical, .500 hockey.
The Sabres need to be careful going into tonights game, as the Lightning will be charged up on a big 5-2 win over San Jose Thursday night.
TB is prone to giving up the first goal in the game this year, so Buffalo needs to get on the score board early and often – another road game like they played against Florida and the Sabres will help to pad a lead in the Northeast Division.
Buffalo is currently tied with Ottawa had 11 points, but has a game in hand. Famous for allowing these opportunities to slip away from them in the past, the Sabres really need to continue their hot start.