Tampa Bay (33-25-4) at Buffalo (39-16-5) 7:00 pm EST
BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The Buffalo Sabres can become the
fifth team to win 40 games Thursday when they try to complete a
season series sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Sabres have won three straight contests and trail Ottawa by
four points for first place in the Northeast Division. They
also have a three-point edge over Philadelphia for fourth in the
The Sabres have the league's second-best power play (76-of-353)
and penalty killing (273-of-316) and will try to sweep the
Lightning for the first time in franchise history.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning have taken seven of
their last nine road contests and is in seventh place in the
Eastern Conference, two points behind New Jersey for sixth place
and three in front of Montreal.
Dan Boyle scored twice and Brad Richards added the shootout
clincher for Tampa Bay, which opened a five-game road trip with
Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, snapping a
three-game losing streak.
Tampa Bay has given up 37 goals in its last seven games and is
17-13-2 on the road.