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Buffalo Sabres vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-3) at Buffalo Sabres (17-8-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -129 / Philadelphia Flyers -103 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
MSGB, NSPA
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NHL | Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-3) at Buffalo Sabres (17-8-4)
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The Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabers meet Saturday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The Philadelphia Flyers could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Claude Giroux leads Philadelphia with 10 goals, Jakub Voracek has 14 assists and Sean Couturier has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 72.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 34 goals on 384 shots faced and Cal Pickard has allowed 31 goals on 227 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Buffalo Sabers could also use a big victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 20 goals, Jack Eichel has 27 assists and Jason Pominville has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 53 goals on 640 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 24 goals on 303 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Flyers are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic, 2-9 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The Sabres are 6-1 in their last 7 home games, 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Flyers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and 17-8 in the last 25 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Sabres last 7 overall. The over is 10-4-2 in Flyers last 16 road games.

The Buffalo Sabers have cooled off drastically after going on such an impressive run that made them one of the best teams in the league. The problem is the Philadelphia Flyers have had trouble putting any consistency together and that will continue to be the case with a lack of defense showing up. While the Flyers have had success over the Sabres in past years, Buffalo is simply a better team this time around. I'll lay the reasonable price with the Sabers at home.

Pick:
Buffalo Sabres -129

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