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The Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers meet Sunday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center. The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Philadelphia Flyers look to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Tage Thompson leads Buffalo with 34 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 37 assists and Jeff Skinner has 243 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Dustin Tokarski has given up 78 goals on 790 shots faced, and Craig Anderson has given up 95 goals on 914 shots.
The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 12.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Philadelphia with 23 goals, Travis Konecny has 32 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 157 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 137 goals on 1,441 shots faced, and Martin Jones has allowed 103 goals on 1,006 shots.
The Sabres are 34-94 in their last 128 road games and 38-85 in their last 123 overall. The Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 15-45 in their last 60 overall. The over is 8-3-2 in Sabres last 13 overall. The over is 6-1 in Flyers last 7 Sunday games. The Sabres are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Philadelphia and 4-9 in the last 13 meetings.
I’m not running to the window to back either of these teams that have piled up the losses all year, but if forced to pick, I’d give to give the edge o the Flyers who are at home. The Sabres have been fade material on the road for years, they don’t win on the end of back to backs, and they haven’t had a ton of success in Philly. The Flyers get the nod at home.