The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres will battle one another in two regular-season games at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series. The puck will drop for these games on Friday at 2 p.m ET and Saturday at 1 p.m ET. Both of these NHL clubs are in the Atlantic Division and they have different trends heading into this matchup overseas.
With these games being played in Sweden, the fans in attendance will see the headline defenseman of their nation, Rasmus Dahlin and Victor Hedman, go head to head. The clubs have identical records over the last 10 games, which provides a sense of intensity and eagerness to win from both teams on Friday and Saturday. The Sabres have been the better team through the first month of the 2019/20 Season. This should provide some extra motivation to the Lightning because they had sky-high preseason expectations once again. Players like Kucherov, Vasilevskiy and Gourde really need to step up their game for this team to get back on the tracks in pursuit of the Atlantic Division title.
So far this year, Jack Eichel is showing the NHL that his team belongs back in the Stanley Cup playoffs because he is dominating every night by averaging over a point per game. Even the elusive D-man, Rasmus Dahlin has been unreal on the back end with his offensive ability vastly improving and is constantly using his elite skating to get out of trouble. The Sabres need to be better defensively because more than half their roster is in the minus category when it comes to +/-. Through Ralph Krueger’s first year as head coach, I’m sure the Sabres will stabilize their defensive mistakes over time and have a chance to make the Playoffs.
This matchup is a must watch and all fans of the NHL should tune in Friday at 2 p.m ET and Saturday at 1 p.m ET for some great Atlantic Division hockey. You can tune in on NBCSN, SN1 and NHL.TV for live coverage of the overseas game in Sweden between the Sabres and Lightning.