The Philadelphia Flyers (16-13-4) will look to take a step in the right direction when they visit the reeling Buffalo Sabres (6-23-4) on Monday night. Let’s not beat around the bush. The Philadelphia Flyers have not lived up to expectations so far this season after reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals a year ago. The now desperate East Division Stanley Cup hopefuls will look to record consecutive victories when they hit the road to take on the reeling Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.
Philly is sitting in fifth place in the East Division standings, three points behind Boston for the fourth and final spot in the playoffs. Buffalo is in the cellar of the East standings with no hope for much of anything outside an occasional upset or two.
Are the Flyers the online betting lock despite being on the road? Does Buffalo stand any chance whatsoever of pulling off the upset at roughly +170 odds?
With Philly looking to get back in the playoff mix and Buffalo desperate for something, anything, encouraging, let’s find out where the best NHL betting value lies. The NHL odds for this Monday night matchup go live following Sunday’s seven-game docket of action.
Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres
When: Monday, March 29, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG-B, NBCSP
Flyers Desperate To Get Back In The Playoff Mix
Philadelphia snapped a four-game skid by getting past the New York Rangers 2-1 on Saturday. Sam Morin scored his first NHL goal with 4:27 remaining to lift the Flyers to the much-needed win.
The likable Morin was mobbed by his teammates afterward. The 11th-overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft has been able to recover from two ACL tears and a position change, to stay in the NHL.
“I think that’s why everybody is so happy. When you work so hard, and guys can see it, and you bring his energy every day, no matter if he is in the lineup or not in the lineup, it’s something special and it just rubs off on the guys and we’re so happy for him,” forward Travis Konecny said.
“It’s the best moment of my life,” the 25-year-old Morin said. “It’s been a hard couple of years for me.”
Nolan Patrick also scored for Philadelphia and Brian Elliott turned back 24 shots to get the win.
Despite the win, Philadelphia is just 3-7 over its last 10 games. Ranked an identical seventh in scoring and goals allowed last season, Philadelphia now ranks 13th in scoring (3.1 GPG) and a dismal 30th in goals allowed (3.6 GPG). The Flyers are 8-6-1 on the road this season.
Sabres Are Free-Falling In Historic Style
Buffalo twice blew a one-goal lead in its crushing 3-2 road loss against Boston on Saturday. Sam Reinhart and Kyle Okposo scored for Buffalo, but the Sabres came up just short of snapping their historic losing streak.
“There’s nothing to say about that now,” said Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark, who was activated Saturday after a month on injured reserve and made 33 saves. “You’ve got to go home, recharge and come back stronger for the next one.”
Buffalo is averaging 2.0 goals per game (31st) on 27.9 attempts per contest (28th). Defensively, the Sabres allow a generous 3.5 goals per game (29th) on 31.7 shot attempts per game (27th). Buffalo has gone 2-11-2 at home this season.
Flyers Are the Pick
Look, I’m not overly excited about Philadelphia this season. The Flyers have been completely awful defensively and look nothing like last season’s Stanley Cup-contending club. Still, the Flyers can score with almost any team in the league and their huge edge offensively will be the difference in this matchup.
The Flyers are 23-8 in their last 31 games as a road favorite and 18-8 in their last 26 games against a team with a losing record. Buffalo is 3-14 in its last 17 home games and 3-23 in their last 26 games against their East Division rivals.
Philly has gone 25-9 in the last 34 meetings against Buffalo while the favorite is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings. Buffalo is inept and Philadelphia is desperate. Back the Flyers to win this affair by at least two goals and consider getting plus-money odds on the puckline.
Pick: Flyers 4, Sabres 2