Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers - 4/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers - 4/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers (23-40-11) vs Buffalo Sabres (27-38-11)

Game Info: Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Flyers -120 / Buffalo Sabres -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Philadelphia Flyers host the Buffalo Sabres in Sunday NHL Action.

The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 27-38-11. Through 76 games, the Sabres are 6th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 210 times, good for a rank of 24th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Buffalo is the 27th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.54 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have a strength of schedule rating of 3rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 26th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Philadelphia Flyers get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 23-40-11. This mark places them 8th in the Metropolitan division. Through 74 games, the Flyers have scored 190 goals, giving them an average of 2.55. This output gives them a rank of 29th among NHL teams. On defense, Philadelphia is the 26th ranked unit, giving up 3.58 goals per contest. So far, the Flyers have played the 1st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Philadelphia's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 30th in the NHL.

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Through 72 games, the Buffalo Sabres goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson with 60 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.0%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 24 assists to go along with his 31 goals. However, when on the ice the Sabres are -15.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 3.16 goals per game.

Through 73 games, the Philadelphia Flyers' goal and overall scoring leader is Cam Atkinson, with 50 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 10.7%. So far, 9.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Travis Konecny, who has 32 assists to go along with his 13 goals. However, when on the ice the Flyers are -21 in scoring differential. Philadelphia's top goalie is Carter Hart, who is giving up an average of 3.16 goals per game. In his 45 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 47 percent of the time.

In Buffalo's 76 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 39-34-3. So far, taking the over when the Sabres are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-18-2. On the season, 59.0% of Buffalo's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Sabres. In Philadelphia's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-35-1. So far, taking the over when the Flyers are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-16. On the season 55.0% of Philadelphia's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 43.0% of the scoring coming from the Flyers. With both the Sabres and Flyers sitting near the bottom of the league in goals allowed, look for this game to surpass the betting line of 5.5 goals.

 

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