The Buffalo Sabres will try to bounce back from a home loss and tie their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series when they host the second-seeded Philadelphia Flyers for Game 4 tonight, Wednesday April 20th, at HSBC Arena. The Flyers lead the Sabres 2-1 and have won three of their last five meetings. NHL oddsmakers have the Sabres as -120 moneyline home favourites over the Flyers (+105) with the over/under set at 5.5 goals. Be sure to check the Flyers vs Sabres NHL Point Spreads and get your predictions in early.
Philadelphia (2-1) would like nothing more than to make it three straight wins in this series tonight to give themselves a shot at closing the set out when the clubs meet in Philadelphia for Game 5 on Friday. Briere and Jeff Carter each had a goal while Kimmo Timonen added an empty- netter for the Flyers on Monday during their 4-2 win. Goalie Brian Boucher started his first game in net in this series on Monday, but the Flyers netminder also picked up his second win of the 2011 postseason. After rookie Sergei Bobrovsky had started the first two contests, Boucher made 20 stops on 21 shots in a relief role to help the Flyers win Game 2 and then posted 35 saves to record the Game 3 victory. In fact, Bobrovsky, who went 28-13-8 for Philly this season, did not even suit up for the Flyers on Monday after getting replaced by Boucher in the first period of Game 2. Michael Leighton served as the backup to Boucher in Game 3 and is expected to take on that role again tonight. Leighton went 8-3 for Philadelphia during last spring's run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Boucher turned aside 11 shots in the third period on Monday and helped the team kill off a long 5-on-3 penalty.
Buffalo (1-2) dropped a 5-4 decision in Saturday's road test and the Sabres were then dealt a 4-2 setback in their first home game of the series on Monday. Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe each had a goal while Ryan Miller stopped 22- of-25 shots in the loss for the Sabres, who were just 1-for-6 on the power play in the contest. Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold, who sat out the previous 10 games dating back to the regular season with a broken bone in his left hand, played in Game 3 and finished minus-one with two shots. The Flyers are 18-3 all-time when leading a series two games to one and Philadelphia has never lost a series in which they led the Sabres at any point. Philly has taken five of its eight all-time playoff series against Buffalo.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Buffalo.
Over is 21-6-1 in the last 28 meetings.
Flyers are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Buffalo.
Sabres are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Sabres are 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
Sabres are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
Flyers are 1-6 in their last 7 games following a win.
Flyers vs Sabres
When: Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 PM ET
Pick: Sabres -120
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The Bottom Line: The Sabres should get the win with some hard work and a goalie that can rebound. Be sure to check Flyers vs Sabres Hockey Point Spreads and get your predictions in early.