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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres Preview: Bolts go for two in a row in Sweden

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Another game like yesterday, please.

2019 NHL Global Series - Sweden - Tampa Bay Lightning v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres: Game 15

Time: 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Location: Ericsson Globe

Broadcast/Streaming: SunS, MSGB

Opponent SBNation Site: Die By the Blade


The Lightning head into game two of their back-to-back series against the Sabres in Sweden following a win in the first game in which the Bolts played one of their best games of the season. If you missed yesterday’s game, be sure to check out Lauren’s recap.

In terms of lineup changes, both teams will switch goaltenders. That means the Sabres will turn to their normal starter Carter Hutton after giving Swede Linus Ullmark the first game in front of his home fans. For the Lightning, backup Curtis McElhinney will get the start.

Vladimir Sobotka will not play in today’s game follow an injury after a questionable hit from Nikita Kucherov. His absence likely means Evan Rodrigues will draw into the lineup. We’re not expecting any changes to the Lightning skater group after how well they played yesterday and if the coaches do decide to mix it up, we probably won’t know until game time.

This will be the last game for the Bolts until Thursday. They haven’t won back to back games since October 15th and 17th so to sweep this series would be a nice boost and give them some confidence returning to their regular schedule later in the week. A loss would keep them mired in this stretch of alternating wins and losses.

Perhaps more importantly, playing another good game regardless of outcome could be a sign that the Lightning are getting back on track. They controlled the entirety of the game yesterday in a way that they haven’t done many times this season.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forward Lines

Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Alex Volkov

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph

Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Yanni Gourde

Carter Verhaeghe

Defense Pairings

Victor Hedman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak

Mikhail Seregachev - Luke Schenn

Braydon Coburn - Jan Rutta


Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Buffalo Sabres

Forward Lines

Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner - Marcus Johansson - Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Evan Rodrigues

Connor Sheary - Casey Mittelstadt - Jimmy Vesey

Vladimir Sobotka

Defense Pairings

Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin - Brandon Montour

Henri Jokiharju - Colin Miller

John Gilmour - Lawrence Pilut


Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark