GAME: (7) BUFFALO SABRES vs (8) TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #NHL play on BUF@TB to go OVER the total.
The Sabres were expected to move players at the trade deadline, but sending their top goaltender to the Islanders appears to be a rather curious move. Buffalo had already moved Jhonas Enroth to Dallas in exchange for Anders Lindback, who began his career with the lightning.
Lindback has been brutal this season, posting a record of 0-7-0 with a 3.95 GAA in seven starts with the Stars. He seems to be the most likely candidate to start tonight in Tampa. In the event that the Sabres choose to press Johnson into action, he's not been that sharp either, coming off a loss to Carolina that saw him surrender five goals on 41 shots.
Tampa owns the NHL's most potent offense, averaging over 3.3 goals per game. That could spell disaster for the Sabres who own the league's worst defense, surrendering more than 3.3 goals per game.
Tampa has won it's last three versus the Sabres, totaling a dozen goals in those three games. We should expect Lightning to strike in Tampa tonight.
GAME: (507) UTAH JAZZ vs (508) MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
PICKS: (507) UTAH JAZZ
REASON FOR PICK: Your free play for Tuesday, March 3, 2015 is in the NBA Scheduled contest between the Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies. The Utah Jazz have been playing well of late, going 6-2 S/U and 5-1-1 ATS in their last eight games. This includes wins over Milwaukee, San Antonio and at New Orleans. The Jazz have also demonstrated they can cover games on the road against winning teams, evidenced by their 7-2-1 ATS mark their last 10 tries. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have been in a "funk" of late. Memphis is just 1-2 their last three and 5-4 their last nine. They haven't been very kind to bettors either, posting a 4-7 ATS mark their last 11 games overall. Moreover, against teams with a losing record they are just 7-19-2 ATS their last 28 games. The Jazz seem to have been rejuvenated with trades from the Thunder that included getting Grant Jarrett, Tibor Pieiss and Kendrick Perkins. Utah getting plenty of points here and I wouldn't be surprised at all if they come close to or win this one outright. Your free play is on the Utah Jazz.