Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres

TV: FOX Sports Sun

TIME: Protection begins at 6:30 p.m. ET


BUFFALO, N.Y. — It took till late November for the Tampa Bay Lightning to lose back-to-back video games. They are going to have an excellent likelihood to get again on observe on the street Tuesday towards the struggling Buffalo Sabres.
The Lightning (16-5-2) are coming off back-to-back losses to Washington and Pittsburgh over the weekend, and so they have dropped three of their previous 4 video games going again to Nov. 18. That's unfamiliar territory for the leaders of the Atlantic Division. Previous to these 4 contests, Tampa Bay had gained 5 in a row and had simply 4 losses complete in its first 19 video games of the season.
“We’ve acquired to construct on the inspiration we began right here since coaching camp,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper stated, in response to the league’s web site. “It’s been actually good. Take away our final 4 video games right here the place we’ve dropped three of them, I like numerous what’s occurring. We’ve hit a pace bump right here, however we’ve acquired some veterans in that locker room.
“It’s robust to place a halt to it when the video games are piling up … swiftly you’ve misplaced a pair. … Let’s regroup.”
The Lightning will look to get their prime line — Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov — again on observe after a quiet stretch of video games.
Stamkos leads Tampa Bay in scoring with 36 factors (10 targets, 26 assists) in 23 video games whereas Kucherov (17 targets, 17 assists) and Namestnikov (10 targets, 12 assists) are subsequent on the stat sheet. Stamkos tops the league in factors, and Kucherov is tied for second with the Calgary Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau.
Andrei Vasilevskiy has been sensational between the pipes for Tampa Bay this season. In 19 video games, Vasilevskiy had a save proportion of .930 — putting him in a tie for fourth within the league with the San Jose Sharks’ Martin Jones.
The Sabres (6-14-Four) performed one among their higher video games of the season on the way in which to a Three-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday earlier than following that up with one more disappointing efficiency in a Three-Zero loss to the Canadiens in Montreal sooner or later later.
The Sabres have misplaced eight of their previous 9 video games and have struggled to seek out any stage of consistency below first-year head coach Phil Housley.
Accidents and inconsistent play on each offense and protection are recurring themes for Buffalo.
I feel we simply have to start out holding guys accountable, begin being trustworthy with ourselves and our teammates,” Sabres ahead Jordan Nolan stated after a loss final week to the Minnesota Wild. “This staff hasn’t been too profitable through the years, and it wants to alter. It’s going to be a protracted, lengthy season and some seasons to return if that’s the way in which it's.”
Evander Kane leads the Sabres in scoring with 23 factors (12 targets, 11 assists) in 24 video games. Jack Eichel is second on the staff with 19 factors (seven targets, 12 assists) in 24 video games. Robin Lehner has a save proportion of .905 in 18 video games.