Philadelphia Flyers (4-5-1) vs. Buffalo Sabres (5-5-0)
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres 11/3/23 – As the NHL regular season heats up, the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres are set to clash at KeyBank Center this Friday, November 3, 2023. With the Flyers looking to improve their sub-.500 record of 4-5-1 against the Sabres, who sit at an even 5-5-0, this matchup promises to be a critical juncture for both teams. Game information is set for a 7:00 PM ET puck drop, guaranteeing a night of intense hockey action for fans and free hockey selections for sports bettors alike.
The Flyers come into this game with a mix of trepidation and determination. Despite their less-than-ideal start to the season, the offensive production from players like Travis Konecny, who boasts 8 goals and 11 points through 10 games, offers a glimmer of hope. Their performance against the Sabres’ defense, which has shown inconsistencies, could tip the scales in their favor. Philadelphia’s power plays, propelled by the likes of Sanheim and Atkinson, might just be the pressure point to exploit against a Sabres team that has had its own defensive woes.
Buffalo’s offense has shown flashes of potency, with Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson combining for 10 goals and 19 points. The Sabres will need to leverage their offensive capabilities against the Flyers’ defense, which has struggled on the road. With Philadelphia surrendering an average of 2.52 goals against per game with Carter Hart in net, Buffalo’s leaders have a ripe opportunity to bolster their standings and tip the offensive scales in their favor.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres 11/3/23 Game Info
|When:||Friday, November 3, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET|
Goaltender Carter Hart vs. Goaltender Devon Levi
Carter Hart‘s tenure between the pipes this season has been respectable, with a .913 save percentage over 8 games. The young goaltender’s ability to thwart Buffalo’s attack, particularly in high-leverage situations, will be paramount for a Flyers team seeking stability. Hart’s performance could very well be the difference-maker, especially considering the Flyers’ current road game challenges.
On the other side, Devon Levi, although less seasoned with only 4 games under his belt and a goals-against average of 3.26, will need to elevate his .892 save percentage to give the Sabres the backbone they need. Levi’s resilience against a Flyers offense that has shown it can score—especially on special teams—will be under scrutiny as the Sabres look to protect home ice.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: Buffalo Sabres -169, Total Odds: 6.5
The betting odds indicate a tilt towards the Sabres at -169 on the moneyline, signifying their position as favorites in this matchup. The puckline presents the Flyers with a +1.5 advantage but at steep -160 odds, suggesting caution against their ability to cover. The total is set at a lofty 6.5, with the Over tempting at -135 given the trends of both teams favoring high-scoring games.
Philadelphia Flyers Betting Trends
The Flyers’ recent form—1-5 SU in their last 6—signals trouble, particularly on the road where they’ve recorded a disheartening 2-13 SU in their last 15 outings. This trend is troubling for Flyers backers and could become more pronounced against a Sabres team that has found ways to score. However, the total going OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games indicates a propensity for high-scoring affairs, which may play into the hands of over bettors.
Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
The Sabres have maintained a more positive trajectory, going 4-2 SU in their last 6 games. At home, they have seen the total go UNDER in 5 of their last 6, contrasting their overall trend of high-scoring games against the Flyers. With a solid 13-7 SU in their last 20 against Eastern Conference opponents, the Sabres appear well-positioned to capitalize on the Flyers’ vulnerabilities.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres 11/3/23 Betting Picks
Given the data and trends, this game appears poised for offensive fireworks, with the Flyers desperate to claw back to a .500 record and the Sabres looking to build on their even standing. Considering both teams’ abilities to score but also their respective goaltending challenges, bettors may find value in the Over despite the juice.
Choosing a winner in this contest is a tougher call. The Sabres are the safer pick based on their SU records and the Flyers’ road struggles, but there is potential value on the Flyers’ moneyline at +150 for those looking for an underdog bet. For prop bet enthusiasts, looking at players like Konecny or Skinner to score at any time could offer added excitement.
Top exclusive handicappers would suggest that while the trends favor Buffalo, the value might lie with Philadelphia, especially if Hart can outduel Levi in the crease.
Free Pick and Prediction: Buffalo Sabres 4, Philadelphia Flyers 3