Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres Pick
The most recent report out of Brian Elliot’s camp is that he has been proceeding nicely. Two weeks ago they said he’d be back in two weeks, though, and he isn’t ready to get back in the crease. The starting job has been primarily assumed by Stolarz who didn’t have his best outing against the Blue Jackets. The first goal was particularly troublesome, as Stolarz couldn’t find the puck when it was sitting in the back of his net without him realizing it.
He enters Saturday with a 3.19 GAA and 0.901 save percentage. If Elliott comes back to struggle, Stolarz may still be an option for the Flyers. Philadelphia ranks 29th with 3.54 goals allowed per game. They’ve been better in their last ten games, with 3.2 allowed, but their offence decided to take a step back, scoring 2.6 goals per game during that stretch.
Meanwhile, the Sabres have been a force at home. They enter Saturday’s matchup with a record of 9-2-2 in Buffalo. The Sabres have averaged an impressive 3.15 goals per game, while allowing 2.62 per game. Just a few years ago 2.62 goals would be average to below average, but it’s respectable in the NHL this season.
As a favourite this season, they’ve scored 3.75 goals per game and allowed 2.38 per game, so the oddsmakers have been normally correct. Note also that the Sabres have gone 4-1 over the Flyers in their last five meetings in Buffalo. The Sabres should be able to find the win column this afternoon for the first time since November 27th.