The Tampa Bay Lightning (26-12-4) return to the Sunshine State to play a lone game at home before heading back on the road, the opposition being the Buffalo Sabres (14-25-3) who lost last night to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Tampa Bay has won their past two games and are 7-2-1 in their past 10... On the other hand, the Sabres are on a six-game losing streak and 1-8-1 in their last 10. Their loss to the Hurrcanes keeps them a single point ahead of Carolina for the Eastern Conference cellar spot, and 4 points head of the Edmonton Oilers for the worst record in hockey.
But as Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said last month, standings don't mean S-with-a-T. Standings coupled with being the flip-side of back-to-back games will mean T-with-a-P unless the Lightning come to play.
Not for lack of effort, but the Tampa Bay Lightning got just enough goals (two, on 47 shots) to come out on top against division rival the Buffalo Sabres at a sold-out Amalie Arena in Tampa Friday night.