Buffalo faces Tampa Bay, seeks to end 3-game slide

Buffalo visits Tampa Bay after Reinhart’s 2 goal-game | Idaho Statesman

Buffalo visits Tampa Bay after Reinhart’s 2 goal-game | Idaho Statesman

Tampa Bay is seventh in the league recording 9.1 points per game, averaging 3.3 goals and 5.8 assists.

The games mark a homecoming for a few Swedes, including the Lightning's Victor Hedman, who missed the past two games with an injury but will play Friday. It's also been an interesting star for the Lightning, who won 62 games last season, tying the National Hockey League record, and have started off 2019-20 inconsistent (6-5-2).

In their last meeting on November 8, Tampa Bay won 3-2. The Sabres are 1-3-1 in their past five games (including a three-game losing streak) and have been outscored 15-7, a far cry from where they started the season (8-1-1).

LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 5-4-1, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.7 assists, 4.5 penalties and 10.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game with a.901 save percentage. Tampa Bay lost back-to-back games to the Rangers in 2008 in the Czech Republic.

Jack Eichel leads the Sabres with seven goals and has 17 points. Jeff Skinner has scored four goals over the last 10 games for Buffalo.

LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 4-5-1, averaging 2.2 goals, 3.9 assists, 3.4 penalties and 6.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with a.916 save percentage.