Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres

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In an East Division matchup, the Philadelphia Flyers will go on the road and take on the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. These two teams have faced each other five times this season with the Flyers winning four out of the five games. The Flyers have a record of 16-13-4. The Sabres have a record of 6-23-4.

Flyers End Losing Streak

The Philadelphia Flyers snapped a four game losing streak by defeating the New York Rangers 2-1 in their last game. Nolan Patrick and Samuel Morin each scored a goal. Brian Elliott stopped 24 out of 25 shots faced.

Offense has been a strength for the Flyers. Although they rank 25th in shots per game, Philly ranks 13th in goals per game, eighth in shooting %, and 22nd in scoring efficiency ratio. They have scored three goals or more in six out of their last 10 games. James Van Riemsdyk leads the team with 31 points. It has been a balanced effort on offense, with 12 players having 10 points or more.

Defense and goaltending are a major problem for the Flyers this season. They have given up four goals or more in seven out of the last 10 games. The team ranks 30th in goals against per game, 11th in shots against per game, and last in opponent shooting % and save %. Brian Elliott has a record of 7-4-1 with a 2.97 GAA and a .887 SV%. Carter Hart has a record of 8-9-3 with a 4.04 GAA and a .869 SV%.

Sabres on Seventeen Game Losing Streak

The Sabres come in to the game ice cold, losing 17 straight games. Their last game was a 3-2 loss against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart each scored a goal. Linus Ullmark stopped 33 out of 36 shots faced.

Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Sabres this season. They have scored two goals or less in eight out of their last nine games. The team ranks last in goals per game, shooting %, and scoring efficiency ratio, and 27th in shots per game. Victor Olofsson leads the team with 21 points on the season.

Defense and goaltending are another major problem for the Sabres. The team ranks 29th in goals against per game, 27th in shots against per game, and 28th in opponent shooting % and save %. They have given up three goals or more in each of the last 10 games. Linus Ullmark has a record of 5-4-2 with a 2.44 GAA and a .919 SV%. Carter Hutton has a record of 1-10-1 with a 3.47 GAA and a .886 SV%.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Goals per game, shots per game, shots against per game, shooting % and opponent shooting %, and scoring efficiency ratio all favor the Flyers in this game. Offense has been a strength for the Flyers. Although they rank 25th in shots per game, Philly ranks 13th in goals per game, eighth in shooting %, and 22nd in scoring efficiency ratio. They have scored three goals or more in six out of their last 10 games. Defense and goaltending are another major problem for the Sabres. The team ranks 29th in goals against per game, 27th in shots against per game, and 28th in opponent shooting % and save %. They have given up three goals or more in each of the last 10 games. Philly will win this game.

Prediction:
Philadelphia Flyers (-168)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Both teams struggle to keep the puck out of the net. The Sabres ranks 29th in goals against per game, 27th in shots against per game, and 28th in opponent shooting % and save %. They have given up three goals or more in each of the last 10 games. The Flyers have given up four goals or more in seven out of the last 10 games. The team ranks 30th in goals against per game, 11th in shots against per game, and last in opponent shooting % and save %. The over will hit in this contest.

Prediction:
Over 6.5