When: 7:30 PM EST, January 18th, 2021
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Puckline: Sabres +1.5 / -179 | Flyers -1.5 / +160
Moneyline: Sabres +130 / Flyers -139
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 6.5
Road Record: 0-0-0-0
Home Record: 2-0-0-0
Buffalo Sabres Vs Philadelphia Flyers Game Day Preview
The Philadelphia Flyers will look for their third straight win to open the season when they host the Buffalo Sabres tonight on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Buffalo Sabres are looking to avoid an 0-3 start after a pair of crushing defeats to the Washington Capitals.
Buffalo fell 6-4 in the season opener and 2-1 on Friday.
“We played free today,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said Friday. “We beat them in pretty well every category except for the scoring. It was excellent to see the execution, extremely painful to see the final result. But what changed was we outskated them, we put pucks into places where we created footraces and they really struggled with that.”
“We just ran into an extremely hot goaltender (Vitek Vanecek) at the other end.”
What has to be encouraging is the fact that the Sabres didn’t commit a penalty on Friday. However, the Sabres did go 0 for 5 on the power play.
The power play was a major issue for the Sabres most of last season.
“You’re going to have good games where you don’t win and maybe this was one of those for us tonight, but this game is about results,” forward Jeff Skinner said. “This league is about results. We need to get back at it, keep working and try to get a win next game.”
The Philadelphia Flyers flew to two wins over the Pittsburgh Penguins by a combined score of 11-5.
But the task will be a bit more challenging with Sean Couturier out for at least two weeks with a rib injury. Couturier suffered the injury less than two minutes into Friday’s 5-2 win.
“Injuries are part of the game,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Somebody else is going to step in like we did tonight. Somebody else is going to have to play well for us.”
Couturier has only missed two games in the last 235 played. One should anticipate, young players like Nolan Patrick and Morgan Frost to fill the void.
Sabres Vs Flyers Facts
- Sabres are 1-8 in their last 9 overall.
- Over is 37-17-1 in the last 55 BUF Vs PHI meetings.
- Home team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in PHI.
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