NHL Pick: Flyers vs. Sabres
Date/Time: January 15th, 7:30 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
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Tuesday night on the ice in NHL betting action finds the Philadelphia Flyers visiting the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET inside the First Niagara Center.
The Flyers come into this one having lost the last two games by three goals each on back-to-back nights. Saturday Philadelphia fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3 and Sunday it was manhandled 4-1 by the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Just last week the Flyers were on a roll having won three in a row over the Phoenix Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, and Montreal Canadiens. Philly will hope for some offensive help on Tuesday when RW Matt Read is expected to return from a concussion he suffered that caused him to miss the last five games. Read registered two goals the last time these two met in a 4-1 win on November 21st, 2013. Tuesday has been a good night to play for the Flyers who enjoy a 5-0 record going into this game. Last Tuesday, Philadelphia took a 3-2 shootout win over the Devils on the road. Flyers D Erik Gustafsson is questionable with a knee injury for this contest after missing the last two games, he leads the team in plus/minus this season. More good news for the road team, the Flyers are 8-0 in their last eight games when their opponent scored two goals or less in its previous game.
The Sabres have had an awful season and appear to be headed nowhere as they have started by having twice as many losses as wins at 13-26. On the bright side, Buffalo did pick up a win on Sunday in Washington a 2-1 shootout victory over the Capitals. It is interesting to note, the Sabres last four victories have come via 2-1 scores either in regulation, overtime, or shootouts. Buffalo will need a similar defensive effort if it wants a chance in this game, the team averages just 1.6 goals per game which ranks them 30th in the league. The Sabres have been terrifyingly bad on the power play this season scoring just 13 percent of the time. Ironically, the team’s only goal Sunday from LW Tyler Ennis did come on the power play in the first period. Sabres D Tyler Myers is eligible to return for this one after having served a three-game suspension for his hit to the head of New Jersey’s Dainius Zubrus. As good as it was to get a win on Sunday, Buffalo is 0-4 in its last four games following a win.
All of the numbers point to a bad recipe for the home team in this game except one. Philly will be trying to break a streak in which the home team has won the last six contests between these two foes. The Flyers are 8-2 in their last 10 meetings with the Sabres including the lopsided defeat earlier this season. We expect to see Philadelphia jump all over Buffalo in this game that seems to be no contest and break the winning streak for home teams in this series.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Buffalo Sabres Pick: Philadelphia Flyers