The Sunday schedule in the NHL will continue with this Eastern Conference duel between two teams who will not play in the playoffs this season. Still, an interesting game awaits us at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, so don’t miss out on the best Sabres vs. Fliers betting pick with the latest odds update on Caesars Sportsbook.
These conference foes have met twice this season, and Buffalo won both games at home. This is actually the second of a back-to-back H2H set after last night’s 4-3 win for the Sabres. The visitors are slight -105 favorites here, while the total is set at 6.5 goals.
Sabres erupted in the 2nd period to beat the Flyers
The Buffalo Sabres won the second game out of the last three as they beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 at home, but it wasn’t easy. They had to come back from a 2-0 deficit but responded magnificently in the second period with four goals.
The visitors were pretty shocked by Buffalo’s second-period display and couldn’t score in the final period, so the Sabres secured a tight W. Rasmus Dahlin was Buffalo’s best player in this one with a goal and an assist.
Craig Anderson is expected to start at the goal for the fifth consecutive time as he faces the Flyers on Sunday. The 41-year-old goalie has a 16-12-1-1 record this season with a 3.15 GAA, 0.896 SV%, and no shutouts.
Flyers fell short in Buffalo
The Philadelphia Flyers are going through a rough period right now, and are in jeopardy of finishing in the last position in the Eastern Conference standings if they continue with pale displays. They are on a four-game losing skid and lost nine of the previous 11 games, including this one to the Buffalo Sabres.
Philly took a 2-0 lead through Joel Farabee and Owen Tippett in the opening four minutes, but the Sabres controlled the game since. Although the Flyers tried to tie the game in the final 20 minutes, none of their ten shot attempts went in, so they fell short in the end.
Felix Sandstrom will get his chance between the sticks against the Sabres on Sunday. The 25-year-old rookie is looking for his first-ever win in the NHL as he posted a 0-1-1-0 record so far with a 2.91 GAA, 0.924 SV%, and no shutouts.
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- 4-1 in the last five games against Philadelphia
- 1-5 in the last six games overall
- 0-6 in the last six in the second game of a home-and-home situation
- 0-4 in the last four home games
Buffalo Sabres vs. Philadelphia Flyers Pick
It seems that these rivals are winning in series when it comes to H2H encounters in recent years. Philadelphia was on a five-game winning run, but now Buffalo won the previous four duels, and I am backing the Sabres to get another victory on Sunday and sweep the Flyers in this season’s series.
The Flyers are struggling in general, but they also lost each of their last four games at home. They are playing without Sean Couturier, and will likely be without Cam Atkinson, who is dealing with a lower-body injury. Atkinson, who is the team’s top performer with 50 points this season, already missed the last two games with this injury.
Pick: Take the Sabres to win at -105
Not only are the Flyers among the least efficient teams in the NHL with 2.56 goals per game, but they are playing without their best player and top scorer this season – Cam Atkinson. Still, the Over bettors will be happy to hear that each of the previous six H2H duels produced more than six goals. These respective defenses belong to the bottom of the NHL as both are allowing over 3.50 goals per game.
The total has gone Over in nine of Buffalo’s last ten games against an opponent in the Metropolitan Division, while the total went Over in eight of Philadelphia’s previous nine games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division.
Pick: Go with Over 6.5 goals at +120