There are five games slated on Sunday in the NHL & this expert handicapper is calling for a money line underdog shocker in one of those contests: Flyers vs. Sabres.
NHL NBC Sports National Telecast Flyers/Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres will host the Philadelphia Flyers today, and the game will be televised nationally in the United States by the NBC Sports Network at 7:35 PM ET. According to the NHL odds at Bovada, Philadelphia is a -190 money line favorite.
Road Woes for the Flyers
If the Philadelphia Flyers fail to make the playoffs this season, they need only to look back at their ineptness on the road as the biggest contributing factor. The Flyers have managed to win just eight of their twenty-nine (.276) away games. The real head scratcher for Flyers fans this season has been that their team has gone a futile 1-10 on the road versus opponents with a losing record. Philadelphia will be playing on one day of rest, and is concluding a four game in eight day road trip tonight. Ray Emery is slated to be in goal for the Flyers. Emery has gone a dismal 3-7 in ten road starts this season, and compiled a poor .879 save percentage in those outings.
Playing for Pride
The Buffalo Sabres have continued their path of rebuilding their franchise by making a couple of trades this week. One of those deals involved a swap of goaltenders. The Sabres sent Jonas Enroth to Dallas in exchange for Anders Lindback. The main intent in this trade from Buffalo’s standpoint was to give Michal Neuvirth the opportunity to prove he can be their goaltender of the future, in addition to moving a player (Enroth) who will become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season. Neuvirth has been rock solid in ten starts at home, posting a stellar .926 save percentage in those outings. There’s no question that the Sabres futility during this 2014-2015 NHL campaign is approaching a franchise worst. However, there’s a silver lining entering tonight’s game for Buffalo. Despite losing their only meeting of the season versus the Flyers by a score of 4-3, Buffalo is a perfect 6-0 this year when playing with same season revenge stemming from a one goal loss.
Buffalo enters tonight with four days of rest since their last game. They will be facing an opponent (Flyers) which has struggled mightily in away games this season, and are also at the tail end of a road trip. The old cliché of “no guts then no glory” certainly applies to this selection. I’m going to call for a shocker on the sizable money line underdog in this game for one of my NHL picks on Sunday.
NHL Picks: Play on Buffalo +170 over the Philadelphia on the money line at Bovada