Oct 8, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) fight during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Will Lightning Strike Twice? Buffalo Sabres-Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Predictions!

Buffao Sabres fans, I apologize: the title of this article is a bit misleading.

You see, lightning IS going to strike twice tonight.  Of that there can be no doubt.

Either the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to burn the Sabres for the second consecutive time (you may recall that Tampa Bay came from behind to beat the Sabres 3-2 in overtime on October 8), or the Sabres are going to win back-to-back games for the first time all season.

Yes siree: lightning is going to strike somewhere.  The question is, which team gets burned tonight?

Despite last night’s feel-good victory (feel-good in the sense that they won, and that rookie blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen scored the first goal of his NHL career), the Buffalo Sabres are still living dangerously.  Total shots on goal in the first period? Four.  Total shots on goal by the end of the game?  Twenty-one.  Total shots allowed? Forty-five.  Had it not been for the other-worldy play of Jhonas Enroth, this game could have gone the Panther’s way, 27-2.  Seriously.  The Sabres need to shoot more, and allow less.

Having said that, tonight’s game against the Lightning is another winnable game.  The Sabres led the Lightning heading into the third period in their first meeting this year, only to have a bad break swing momentum in the Lighting’s favor.   I would think that Buffalo is highly motivated to finish strong in this one and earn the two points they feel they should have won back in the 716.

Questions to consider:

1. Can the Sabres win the shots-on-goal battle tonight?

2. Will any Sabres player notch their first goal of the season tonight?

3. How many points does the incredible Steven Stamkos get tonight?

Hop in and join the discussion!  Go Sabres!

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