Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres

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The Philadelphia Flyers will remain at the KeyBank Center on Wednesday night to take on the Buffalo Sabres in an East Division matchup. These teams have played six times and will only have one more matchup this season after this game. They played on Monday in Buffalo and the Flyers picked up a 4-3 overtime win where defenseman Ivan Provorov scored 42 seconds into overtime for the victory. The Philadelphia Flyers (17-13-4, 38 points) are fifth in the East Division and are on a two-game winning streak. The Buffalo Sabres (6-23-5, 17 points) are 11 points behind the second-to-last place team in the NHL and have not won a game in their last 18 times on the ice.

These franchises are playing very similar on the defensive side of the ice so it will be interesting to see which team can figure out how to step up defensively. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to decide where we should be leaning in this game.

Winner Winner Left Winger

The Philadelphia Flyers have been playing very well in the early stages of this season and one reason has been the play of left winger James van Riemsdyk, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The team is relatively healthy as they only have two players listed on the injury report. Riemsdyk is leading all the team in points as he has 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) this season and has been struggling as he has scored just two points in the last eight games. In his last game against the Buffalo Sabres, he finished without a point while attempting just two shots in 16:41 on the ice. Riemsdyk has shown the ability to be one of the best players and it’ll be time to see if the Sabres can continue his cold streak or if he will break out of it.

Carter Hart and Brian Elliott have both spent time in the net this season for the Flyers and have been playing solid as a goalie unit. Elliot got the nod in the goal in the last game against the Buffalo Sabres and he allowed three goals on 32 shots in an overtime victory to bring his record to 9-4-1. Philadelphia has allowed 123 goals this season, which is 29th in the league. They have been below-average against opposing power plays as they have killed 77-of-105 (73.33 percent) of them so far this season. The Sabres are the worst offense in the league so this will be a chance for the Flyers to bounce back in the net against the worst-scoring offenses in the entire NHL.

Center of Attention

The Buffalo Sabres have been awful in the early stages of this season and one bright spot has been the play of center Sam Reinhart, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The team has been devastated with injuries as they have seven players listed on the injury report. Reinhart is leading all the team in points and goals as he has 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) this season and has been struggling as he has scored just two points in the last 10 games. In his last game against the Philadelphia Flyers, he finished without a point while attempting just two shots in 16:44 on the ice. Reinhart has shown the ability to be one of the best players on the Sabres and it’ll be time to see if the Flyers can continue his cold streak or if he will break out of it.

Linus Ullmark and Carter Hutton have both spent time in the net this season for the Sabres and have been struggling as a goalie unit. Ullmark got the nod in the goal in the last game against the Philadelphia Flyers and he allowed four goals on 36 shots in an overtime loss to drop his record to 5-5-3. Buffalo has allowed 122 goals this season, which is 28th in the league. They have been below-average against opposing power plays as they have killed 69-of-88 (78.41 percent) of them so far this season. The Flyers are an above-average offense in the league so this will be a chance for the Sabres to bounce back in the net against the team that just beat them in overtime.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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These teams have played each other very well as of late as the Flyers have won 5-4 in a shootout and a 4-3 overtime victory. These teams are very similar on the defensive side of the ice, but the difference is the offense. Philadelphia is scoring 3.09 goals per game this season while Buffalo is scoring 2.03 goals per game. I do not recommend taking the Sabres on the moneyline until they prove they can win. Take the Sabres on the puck line and the Flyers on the moneyline here.

Prediction:
Buffalo +1.5

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These defenses leave a lot to be desired as Philadelphia gives up 3.56 goals per game and Buffalo is right behind them with 3.53 goals per game. The offenses are going to be able to score a lot of goals here as well. They know how to score against each other, especially lately as they are averaging eight total goals in the two other games they played against one another in March. The over has also hit in the five of the last seven games that these two played in Buffalo. Go with OVER 6.0 goals in this game.

Prediction:
OVER 6