Philadelphia vs Buffalo Sat, Dec 8
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The Sabres have now lost 4 straight since their 10 game winning streak, 3 of those came against TB, NSH and TOR. I like the Sabres to get back in the W column after 3 days off, assuming Hutton is starting.
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Die By The Blade: Sabres fall to Flyers in disappointing romp
The Buffalo Sabres continued a four-game home stand on Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers, hoping to snap a skid that included two overtime losses.
The Flyers have stumbled similarly coming into the match, losers in three of their last four. The Sabres needed a win to keep pace with the white hot Lightning and the sprouting Leafs. Philadelphia risked losing ground to the New Jersey Devils in a race for last place in the Metropolitan division.
Unfortunately - and for the first time in nearly two months - concernedly, Buffalo was shut down for 55 minutes, falling completely apart in the third period for a 6-2 route at the hands of the Flyers.
Broad Street Hockey: Flyers 6, Sabres 2: That was fun, let's do it again some time!
This game pretty much encapsulated the best and worst of this team, from a mess of a start to a hellacious finish.
(All stats courtesy of Natural Stat Trick)
1. A horrific start
The Flyers got their fair share of chances offensively, but they were an absolute mess defensively for the first 20 minutes of this game. Buffalo was living in the slot and crease to start this game, and Jack Eichel was skating circles around the defense. His first goal of the period was an absolute laser; flying through the neutral zone past Gudas, he wired a puck far post to beat Stolarz and put the Sabres up early.
Fansided: Claude Giroux shines in Philadelphia Flyers 6-2 win over Buffalo
Looking to rebound from an overtime loss in their last contest, the Philadelphia Flyers faced another tough Eastern Conference team in the Buffalo Sabres. They entered this game without top-line center Sean Couturier, though, announcing hours before puck-drop that he will be day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Jordan Weal re-entered the lineup with Couturier out, and Claude Giroux filled the first center-man position. James van Riemsdyk and Travis Konecny completed the rest of the new look top-line. It was key for JvR to get his game going against Buffalo, riding a six game pointless streak coming into the game.
Die By The Blade: Preview: Sabres host Flyers in matinee
Puck Drop: 1:00 PM | Keybank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
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Record: (11-12-3) | 25 PTS
Last 10: 3-5-2
Division Ranking: 7th in the Metropolitan Division
Conference Ranking: 15th in the Eastern Conference
PP: 28th (14.5%)
PK: 30th (72.9%)<strong>What to Watch</strong>
1. Ullmark's opportunity
The Sabres announced Friday that Carter Hutton is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Consensus betting prediction from the Covers.com community:
Buffalo Sabres (77% consensus). The Buffalo Sabres' feel-good story that was built primarily on a franchise high-tying 10-game win streak has hit a sour chapter with four consecutive one-goal losses (0-2-2). Riding a nine-game point streak at KeyBank Center (7-0-2), the Sabres aim to get back on track on Saturday afternoon when they play the second contest of their four-game homestand against the Philadelphia Flyers... http://bit.ly/2iIexjR
Statfox free score prediction: 3 to 3. Total score: 6. Bet the under!
Sportsjaw is using past matchup data from statfox to generate a free Over/Under betting prediction for the game between Philadelphia and Buffalo. View more matchup stats: http://bit.ly/2L24seG
Betting Prediction for Philadelphia Flyers vs Buffalo Sabres on December 08, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Buffalo will WIN and the Total will go Under .
Swedish goaltender Linus Ullmark has been outstanding this season, most recently in the overtime loss to Toronto on Tuesday. He is undefeated in regulation at 5-0-3 and will be in net as the disappointing Philadelphia Flyers visit Buffalo this afternoon. The Sabres are a slight -115 favorite with Philly at -105. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/2L08YdE