Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (10-22-9) at Philadelphia Flyers (18-15-8)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, CSN
The Buffalo Sabers and Philadelphia Flyers meet Sunday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Buffalo Sabers could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 11.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads Buffalo with 16 goals, Jack Eichel has 20 assists and Jason Pominville has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 82 goals on 920 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 47 goals on 401 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in their last six games.
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The Philadelphia Flyers could also use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 19 goals, Jakub Voracek has 40 assists and Claude Giroux has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 88 goals on 976 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 21 goals on 247 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in their last five games.
The Sabres are 7-19 in their last 26 Sunday games, 14-43 in their last 57 road games and 17-47 in their last 64 overall. The Flyers are 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The Sabres are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Philadelphia, 7-16 in the last 23 meetings and the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Philadelphia Flyers have caught fire a bit at home as of late and get another early game against a team that can't win on the road. Those who have followed me over the years know fading the Sabres on the road is one of my go-to bets in hockey. That's not going to change here with the way the Flyers are starting to string wins together. Give me the home team.