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TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Lightning return home tonight to host the Buffalo Sabres at the Tampa Bay Times Forum…After tonight’s game the Lightning will play their next four on the road…The Lightning will look to take back sole possession of the Southeast Division lead with a win tonight…Tonight’s matchup is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season…The Bolts went 3-1-0 against Buffalo last season, including a home mark of 1-1-0…Their lone home victory against the Sabres was a 3-0 shutout on Oct. 22, 2011…Tampa Bay owns an all-time home record of 9-21-3-4 against the Sabres.

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
The Lightning enter tonight’s contest having won three of their last five games, while the Sabres have dropped four straight contests…Tampa Bay holds a 6-3-1 record at home this season, while the Sabres are 3-6-0 on the road…Tampa Bay has sold out each of their 10 home games this season (capacity 19,204)…The Lightning are 2-1-1 against the Northeast Division this season…The Lightning’s second ranked home power play (32.6%) will go up against the Sabres eighth ranked road penalty killing unit (84.1%)…Tampa Bay will look to control Thomas Vanek who has notched 23 goals in 28 career games against the Lightning…Tonight’s matchup features two of the top three point getters in the league (Stamkos & Vanek).

LIGHTNING STRIKING

The Lightning have scored 23 goals over their past six games and rank first in the NHL with 69 goals this season…33 of the Lightning’s 69 tallies have come in the third period, ranking first in the NHL…Tampa Bay is averaging 3.83 goals a game which ranks first in the league…Tampa Bay has notched four or more goals in a game in nine of their first 18 games this season…The Bolts’ +11 goal differential ranks tied for third in the Eastern Conference and is tied for fifth overall in the NHL…18 different Bolts have registered at least a goal this season….17 of the Lightning’s goals have come while on the man-advantage, ranking tied for sixth in the league in that category…Tampa Bay’s 44 home goals ranks first in the NHL.

Source: Tampa Bay Lightning Media

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