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Tampa Bay will look for second straight win against Buffalo when teams conclude NHL Global Series

by Shawn P. Roarke / NHL.com Senior Director of Editorial

SABRES (9-5-2) at LIGHTNING (7-5-2) 

1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to defeat the Buffalo Sabres for the second consecutive day when the teams conclude the 2019 NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Saturday.

The Lightning, who won the first game 3-2 on Friday, are 2-2-1 in their past five games. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay's only Sweden-born player, had an assist after missing the previous two games because of a lower-body injury.

The Sabres have been outscored 18-9 in their past six games (1-4-1). Carter Hutton is expected to start, but coach Ralph Krueger left open the possibility of going back to Linus Ullmark, who made 31 saves on Friday.

 

Players to watch

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart scored two goals against Tampa Bay and has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games. 

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored and played a season-high 21:23 on Friday.

 

They said it

"I feel both teams understand the competitiveness of [the Atlantic Division] and this first challenge between us is worth more than just two points, and I think that is why you had the intensity tonight." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger 

"We made smart decisions with the puck and when you do that, you limit odd-man rushes, which is what I thought we did tonight. Now we are making them play from the other side of the ice and we did a really good job defending." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

 

Lightning projected lineup 

Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov 

Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Alexander Volkov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde

Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev - Luke Schenn

Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Braydon Coburn, Carter Verhaeghe, Jan Rutta

Injured: None

 

Sabres projected lineup

Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner -- Marcus Johansson -- Evan Rodrigues

Jimmy Vesey -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Conor Sheary

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Henri Jokiharju

Brandon Montour -- Colin Miller

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: John Gilmour, Lawrence Pilut

Injured: Marco Scandella (lower body), Zach Bogosian (hip), Vladimir Sobotka (undisclosed) 

 

Status report

Sobotka, who was injured at 14:20 of the first period following a hit by Kucherov on Friday, will not play.

 

Stat pack

Buffalo has been outscored 7-0 in the first period in its past three games. … Tampa Bay is 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) on the power play in its past six games. … The Lightning have not won consecutive games in regulation this season.

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