Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres NHL Picks & Predictions 12/8/2018
Saturday, December 8, 2018
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The Philadelphia Flyers travel to KeyBank Center to play the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, December 8, 2018. The opening line for this game has the Flyers at -103 and the Sabres at -129.
Philadelphia has a record of 11-12-3 this season. They are 7th in the Metropolitan Division. They've scored 79 goals and given up 92 goals for a point differential of -13. For the season they have an ATS record of 11-14-0 and an over/under record of 15-10-0. Buffalo is 17-8-4 this season. They are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They have scored 89 goals and surrendered 82 for a goal differential of +7. Their record against the spread is 17-12-0 while their over/under record is 14-14-0.
Valuable Philadelphia Flyers Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Flyers are 11-14-0 straight up this year
The Philadelphia Flyers are 15-10-0 against the over/under this season
Important Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
The Buffalo Sabres are 17-12-0 straight up this year
The Buffalo Sabres are 14-14-0 against the over/under this season
Key Philadelphia Flyers Injuries
11/16/18 GO Brian Elliott Lower Body is out indefinitely
10/30/18 C Corban Knight Upper Body IR (10/28)
10/03/18 D Samuel Morin Knee IR (10/03)
Key Buffalo Sabres Injuries
12/05/18 D Casey Nelson Undisclosed is questionable
12/05/18 D Jake McCabe Upper Body IR (12/05)
12/04/18 RW Jason Pominville Undisclosed is questionable
12/04/18 D Marco Scandella Vertigo is questionable
10/04/18 C Scott Wilson Leg is out indefinitely
10/04/18 C Sean Malone Knee is out indefinitely
10/03/18 C Johan Larsson Foot IR (10/03)
Claude Giroux has accumulated 32 total points this season for the Flyers. He has 10 goals this year with 82 shots on goal, giving him a shooting percentage of 12%. He has a total of 22 assists on the season and averages 20.8 minutes played per game. Jakub Voracek averages 18.3 minutes of ice time per game this year. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 11% by scoring 7 goals on 64 shots. He has 14 assists, giving him a total of 21 points on the season. Anthony Stolarz has 1 win and 1 loss this season in net for the Flyers. He has 121 shots against him and he's given up 12 goals. He's made 109 saves for a save percentage of 90%.
Jack Eichel has scored 34 total points this year for the Sabres. He has 7 goals this season with 123 shots on goal, giving him a shooting percentage of 6%. He has a total of 27 assists on the season and averages 20.1 minutes played per game. Jeff Skinner averages 17.9 minutes of ice time per game. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 23% by scoring 20 goals on 88 shots. He has 9 assists, giving him a total of 29 points on the season. Carter Hutton has 12 wins and 8 losses this year in goal for the Sabres. He has 640 shots against him and he's surrendered 53 goals. He's made 587 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Flyers have 25 total points this season, which ranks them 27th in the NHL. They are 22nd in the league in goals scored with 79 while they've given up 92 goals, ranking them 9th overall. They have had 76 power play opportunities and have scored 11 goals on those chances for a percentage of 14%. That is 28th in the NHL. The Flyers have allowed 85 power play opportunities and have given up 23 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 73%, putting them 30th in the league when short-handed. They average 31 shots per game and as a team shoot 9.68% for the season. They allow 30 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 88%. That puts them 31st in the league in stopping the puck.
Useful Team Statistics
The Sabres are 5th in the NHL with a total of 38 points this year. They have 17 power play goals on 93 opportunities for a percentage of 18%. That ranks them 20th in the league as a power play unit. They've allowed 85 power play opportunities and have given up 17 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 80%. That is 15th in the NHL. As a team, the Sabres are 15th in the league with 89 goals scored while they've given up 82 goals, which is 20th overall. They average 32 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 9.71%. As a team they give up 33 shots per game and have a save percentage of 91%. That is 6th in the NHL.
Philadelphia is 8th in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 51.9%, as they've attempted 1,547 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 1,433 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is 52.3% as they have 1,157 attempts while they have given up 1,055 shots on the defensive end. That ranks them 8th in the league. The Flyers start possessions in the offensive zone 48.6% of the time, which is 24th in the league, while their defensive zone percentage is at 51.4% for the season. That is 9th overall in the NHL. They have 828 face-off wins compared to 654 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 55.9%. That ranks them 1st in the league. On defense Philadelphia has 623 hits and they have blocked 378 shots from the opposition, putting them 25th overall.
The Sabres are 19th in the league in starting possessions in the offensive zone, doing so 49% of the time. Their defensive zone percentage is at 51% for the season, which is 14th in the NHL. They have 831 face-off wins compared to 932 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 47.1%. That is 29th in the league. On defense Buffalo has 542 hits and they have blocked 386 shots from the opposition, which is 22nd in the league. Buffalo is 21st in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 48.8% as they've attempted 1,601 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 1,678 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage of 49.3% ranks 18th as they have 1,255 attempts while they have given up 1,292 shots on the defensive end.
Who will win tonight's Flyers/Sabres NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Philadelphia -103
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