SABRES (9-14-2) at LIGHTNING (17-6-3)
TV: MSG-B, BELL TV, SUN
TAMPA -- If the Tampa Bay Lightning hope to have better luck against the Buffalo Sabres at Amalie Arena on Thursday, they will need to work harder to find open shots.
The Sabres blocked 22 shots in a 2-1 win against the Lightning on Tuesday. In other to keep the highest scoring team in the NHL off balance, Buffalo left the Lightning forwards little room to work.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said it's up to him to generate more offense for the team in situations like that.
"One or two shots is not a recipe of success for me," said Stamkos, who had one shot on goal Tuesday. "I've got to start getting more pucks on the net."
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said sometimes you have to credit the other team for a superior effort.
"They [Sabres] did a really good job and getting in the way with some pretty big guys," Cooper said. "Those guys got into the lanes and made it difficult for us. The onus is kind of on everybody to get better at it, but give Buffalo credit."
Buffalo has won its past three games and will try to be the rare team to stop Tampa Bay on home ice. The Lightning are 10-2-1 at Amalie Arena this year.
"It's going to be a tough challenge because they are a good team no matter where you play them," Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. "We have to build on Tuesday night's effort and slow them down and take their crowd out of it. Once those guys get skating they can put a lot of stress on the defense."
The Sabres will try to extend their win streak against Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who did not play Tuesday.
"They're are on a pretty good streak, so it would be good to get a lead against them," Bishop said. "Their record doesn't show how good of a team they are."
Here are the projected lineups:
Matt Moulson - Zemgus Girgensons - Tyler Ennis
Brian Flynn - Torrey Mitchell - Brian Gionta
Marcus Foligno - Cody Hodgson - Chris Stewart
Nicolas Deslauriers - Cody McCormick - Patrick Kaleta
Josh Gorges - Tyler Myers
Nikita Zadorov - Rasmus Ristolainen
Tyson Strachan - Mike Weber
Scratched: Andre Benoit
Injured: Drew Stafford (lower body), Andrej Meszaros (concussion-like symptoms)
Alex Killorn - Steven Stamkos - Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov
Cedric Paquette - Valtteri Filppula - Brett Connolly
Brenden Morrow - Brian Boyle - Jonathan Drouin
Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison - Andrej Sustr
Matt Carle - Radko Gudas
Scratched: Mark Barberio, J.T. Brown
Status report: Enroth is slated to start his sixth consecutive game. … The Lightning reassigned forward Vladislav Namestnikov to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
Who's hot: Enroth has won his past three starts. … Johnson scored a goal in Tampa Bay's loss to Buffalo on Tuesday.