The NHL is set up with another great night of action on Tuesday night. Nine games are up on the board throughout March 9. The Buffalo Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers will meet up in one of these matchups. These two teams have had opposite starts to this season, but they will both look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Sabres have earned a record of 6-14-3 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in last place of the East Division. Buffalo has lost seven games in a row and eleven of their last thirteen games. The Sabres will look to finally turn it around with a win in this one. I expect Buffalo to try and get going quickly in this one.
Philadelphia has posted a record of 12-7-3 throughout this season, which has them in fifth place of the East Division. The Flyers have lost back to back games and three of their last four. Philadelphia will look to get back on track in this one as well. The Flyers have been strong this season, but are sitting outside the playoff picture. Philadelphia will look to get back on track in this one.
These two teams are both sitting outside the playoff picture, but I expect an exciting game between the two on Tuesday night. Buffalo has struggled a little bit more throughout this season, while the Flyers are right outside the East playoff pictures. Both teams will look to come out fast in this one as they try to end their recent losing streaks.
The Sabres and the Flyers have met up four times so far this season. Philadelphia hosted the first game on January 18. Nicolas Aube-Kubel had a goal for the Flyers, but it was not enough. Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall each had three assists. Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart each had two goals on the night. Carter Hutton stopped 21 of 22 shots as Buffalo grabbed a 6-1 win.
The second game of the season series was on January 19 in Philadelphia. Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist on the night, while Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek each had a goal as well. The Sabres could not get the offense going though. Brian Elliott stopped all 40 shots he faced to help give the Flyers a 3-0 win at home.
The third game of the season series shifted to Buffalo on February 27. Carter Hutton turned away 36 of 39 shots, but it was not enough for the Sabres. Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist on the night. Shayne Gostisbehere and Scott Laughton each had a goal as well. Brian Elliott stopped 23 of 23 shots as Philadelphia grabbed another 3-0 win on the road.
Buffalo also hosted the fourth and most recent game of the season series on February 28. Jonas Johansson stopped 35 of 38 shots, but the Sabres could not win in this one either. James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist, while Joel Farabee had two assists. Carter Hart earned a 28 shots shutout as the Flyers earned a 3-0 win once again against Buffalo.
The Sabres have been strong on the special teams throughout this season. Buffalo has capitalized on 19 of their 64 power play chances, which is a 29.7 percent success rate. The Sabres have also killed off 42 of the 51 penalties against them, which is an 82.4 percent penalty kill. Buffalo will look to keep their special teams going in this one.
Philadelphia’s power play has struggled throughout this season. The Flyers have scored on 14 of their 78 power play opportunities, which is an 18 percent power play. Philadelphia has not been much better on the penalty kill this season. The Flyers have given up 20 goals on their opponents 72 power play attempts, which is a 72.2 percent kill rate.
Buffalo holds an edge on special teams in this matchup. The Sabres have had the better power play and penalty kill this season, but their team has struggled on 5 on 5. Buffalo will look to use special teams to give them momentum throughout the game. If the Sabres can build on their power play in this one, it could give them an edge against a tough Flyers team.
Carter Hutton will likely get the start between the pipes for the Sabres on Monday night. Hutton has played in 9 games so far this season, going 1-7-1 so far. He has put up a .883 save percentage and a GAA of 3.40 in his games. Hutton’s last start was against the New York Islanders, where he stopped 24 of 29 shots in the loss.
I expect Carter Hart to get the nod in the crease for Philadelphia in this one. Hart has earned a record of 6-5-3 throughout his 14 starts so far this season. He has posted a save percentage of .893 and a 3.47 GAA in those starts. Hart stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced against the Washington Capitals in his last start, which was not enough for the win.
These two goalies have struggled a bit throughout this season so far. Hart has been slightly better, but the Flyers will need him to step up in this one. Hutton has not done well since Ullmark went down with injury. Buffalo needs him to have a strong start if they want to end this current losing streak. I expect both goalies to try and get going quickly in this one.
The Sabres have struggled a lot as of late, but I think that they can finally bounce back with a win in this one. Philadelphia has shut out Buffalo in the last three games against them and I expect the Sabres offense to try and get a hot start in this one. Buffalo has a lot of talent and I think they will look to get going in this one.
BetOnline has the Flyers listed as a -225 against the money line in this one. This implies that Philadelphia will win this game around 69.2 percent of the time. I think that this line is a little high for a Flyers team that has struggled as of late as well. I think that the Sabres will be able to break through on Hart early in this one to get a much needed win.