Philadelphia Flyers (23-19-4) at Buffalo Sabres (13-26-5)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 14, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +114 / Philadelphia Flyers -126 --- Over/Under: 5
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The surging Flyers look to take over second spot in the Metropolitan division with a win on the road against the Sabres on Tuesday.
The Flyers have been a massive disappointment from the end of last season to the midway point of this season but in the last two weeks have gone on a tear and are finally playing up to their level of potential. Despite losing their last two games the Flyers are still one of the hottest teams in the league having won 7 of their last 10 games and sit four games above the .500 mark. A huge part of the team’s success of late comes from the stabilization in goal as Steve Mason has given the team something they haven’t had in many, many years and after the Ilya Bryzgalov saga failed miserably it is nice to see some great goaltending in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia has a ton of talent up front and some great pieces on the blue line and if they can get into a favourable playoff spot they could certainly create some noise and upset a few powers along the way.
The Sabres are in a state of disarray and will likely finish with the game’s worst record if the pace they’re on now continues over the next couple of months. However, the Sabres have been playing much more competitively of late and a large part of that has to do with Ryan Miller’s efforts in the Buffalo crease. The American national has been playing some of his bets hockey of his career recently and while he doesn’t have the wins to back it up his save percentage and goals against average have been spectacular. Buffalo also has a very bright future as a number of their young players and prospects will certainly get the team back to relevance in a few years and with a top lottery pick likely on the horizon they will be able to add yet another piece to that puzzle. Neither of these teams have been impressive on the whole this season but both have played better of late and while I am tempted to side with Miller and the Sabres as he is the better goalie I think the Flyers rebound after their two game slide.