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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 12/14/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore



BUFFALO (8-17-0-6, 22 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (12-11-0-7, 31 pts.)
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Thursday, 12/14/2017 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
5BUFFALO+155Ov 5.5,+105+155Ov 5,-135
6PHILADELPHIA-175Un 5.5,-125-175Un 5,+115
BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-23-0-15.28-23-15.211-
Team Stats (Road Games)4-13-0-8.14-13-8.18-72.430.83.733.0
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.82-3-0.81-32.429.03.037.6
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3167142626149527.0%981313.3%108
Team Stats (Road Games)174191417125237.8%51815.7%65
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512165011458.3%16318.7%22
Stats Against (All Games) 1042838326899310.5%971818.6%174
Stats Against (Road Games) 631623195356111.2%581525.9%110
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 15256211888.0%22418.2%29
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)11929025688.3%01-8-7.91-8-0-85-3
CHAD JOHNSON (Road Games)7518316389.1%01-4-2.91-4-0-32-2
CHAD JOHNSON (Last 4 Games)441029189.2%00-4-40-4-0-41-2
ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)242269663491.1%27-15-7.47-15-0-76-14
ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)121237533589.3%13-9-5.23-9-0-56-5
ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)4415914993.7%02-2+0.12-2-001-3

PHILADELPHIA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games12-18-0-8.512-18-8.516-132.932.02.931.5
Team Stats (Home Games)5-10-0-9.25-10-9.29-62.832.53.030.1
Last 5 Games4-1-0+3.44-1+3.43-23.429.42.031.4
PHILADELPHIA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3087223727169619.1%1001919.0%155
Team Stats (Home Games)1542121515024888.6%46613.0%74
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5173770314711.6%20420.0%29
Stats Against (All Games) 88253125769459.3%1022423.5%150
Stats Against (Home Games) 451318104245110.0%481327.1%78
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 10361001576.4%9111.1%18
PHILADELPHIA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)232270564391.2%210-12-3.210-12-0-312-9
BRIAN ELLIOTT (Home Games)111030227290.1%04-6-4.24-6-0-36-4
BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)4413012394.6%04-0+4.44-0-0+43-1
ALEX LYON (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALEX LYON (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)8823621691.5%12-6-5.42-6-0-54-4
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)5514813591.2%01-4-4.91-4-0-53-2
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)4411610590.5%01-3-31-3-0-32-2
ANTHONY STOLARZ (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ANTHONY STOLARZ (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 2.98,  PHILADELPHIA 3.12
BUFFALO - Schedule
11/17/2017at DETROIT1-3L0, +115L5.5 unU
11/18/2017CAROLINA1-3L0, +135L5.5 unU
11/20/2017COLUMBUS2-3L0, +145L5.5 unU
11/22/2017MINNESOTA4-5L0, +135L5.5 unO
11/24/2017EDMONTON3-1W0, -105W5.5 evU
11/25/2017at MONTREAL0-3L0, +175L5.5 unU
11/28/2017TAMPA BAY0-2L0, +160L5.5 evU
12/1/2017PITTSBURGH0-4L0, +125L5.5 ovU
12/2/2017at PITTSBURGH1-5L0, +195L6 unP
12/5/2017at COLORADO4-2W0, +115W5 ovO
12/8/2017at CHICAGO2-3L0, +190L5.5 unU
12/10/2017at ST LOUIS2-3L0, +160L5.5 unU
12/12/2017OTTAWA3-2W0, -110W5.5 unU
12/14/2017at PHILADELPHIA 
12/23/2017at CAROLINA 

11/18/2017CALGARY4-5L0, -145L5.5 evO
11/21/2017VANCOUVER2-5L0, -175L5 ovO
11/22/2017at NY ISLANDERS3-4L0, +140L6 unO
11/24/2017NY ISLANDERS4-5L0, -120L5.5 unO
11/27/2017at PITTSBURGH4-5L0, +125L6 unO
11/28/2017SAN JOSE1-3L0, -110L5.5 unU
12/2/2017BOSTON0-3L0, -110L5.5 unU
12/4/2017at CALGARY5-2W0, +130W5.5 ovO
12/6/2017at EDMONTON4-2W0, +110W5.5 ovO
12/7/2017at VANCOUVER4-1W0, +105W5.5 unU
12/12/2017TORONTO4-2W0, -115W5.5 evO
12/18/2017LOS ANGELES 
12/22/2017at BUFFALO 
12/23/2017at COLUMBUS 
BUFFALO: Key additions: D Marco Scandella (trade with Wild), F Jason Pominville (trade with Wild), F Benoit Pouliot (Oilers), G Chad Johnson (Coyotes), D Nathan Beaulieu (trade with Canadiens)
Key Losses: F Tyler Ennis (trade with Wild), F Marcus Foligno (trade with Wild), G Anders Nilsson (Canucks), D Dmitri Kulikov (Jets)
OUTLOOK: They seem to be in good hands with their new staff, and they've got an "it" factor between young standout Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and newcomer Casey Mittelstadt. The question is how long it'll take for the season results to change.
PHILADELPHIA: Key additions: G Brian Elliott (Flames), F Jori Lehtera (trade with Blues)
Key Losses: F Brayden Schenn (trade with Blues), G Steve Mason (Jets), D Michael Del Zotto (Canucks), F Nick Cousins (trade with Coyotes)
OUTLOOK: Nolan Patrick is a gem of an addition at No. 2 in the draft, Brian Elliott is an underrated bargain-bin find at goalie and the Flyers still have a lot of offense. But did they get better for 2017-18? Maybe. Playoffs aren't a guarantee.
Flyers bid for fifth straight win, host Sabres

PHILADELPHIA -- The common thread running through the first two months of the season for the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers is the amount of losing each team was forced to endure.

When they meet Thursday night in Philadelphia, both teams will be hoping their darkest days are behind them.

The Flyers (12-11-7) have won four straight games since losing 10 in a row from Nov. 11 through Dec. 2, and they are beginning to look and sound like a team capable of climbing back into playoff contention.

"I think our identity kind of changed a little bit with that road trip," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said, referring to last week's three-game sweep of the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.

"We're excited right now in the room. We played a lot of good hockey games when we lost, but we didn't get the results and now were playing some good hockey and we're getting the results, so we've got to keep building on this."

The Flyers outscored their opponents 17-7 in their last four wins and received goals from 10 different players, including three from fourth-liner Scott Laughton and two each from Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Michael Raffl.

The Sabres (8-17-6) are coming off a 3-2 home win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night and earned at least a point in a season-high four straight games (2-0-2). However, they have suffered through losing streaks of four, five and seven games during the first 31 contests of the season.

The Sabres' win over the Senators was just their third in their last 16 games (3-9-4).

"We've got to build on it and keep the momentum," left winger Benoit Pouliot told the Buffalo News.

Pouliot signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with Buffalo last summer and is tied for third on the Sabres with eight goals, matching the total he had in 67 games with the Oilers last season. Buffalo is 6-0-1 when Pouliot has scored a goal this season.

"I just show up at the rink and try to play hard, try to play good and help the team as much as I can," said Pouliot, who plays on the power play and penalty kill.

"The guys that I play with help a lot, too, and being in different situations in games helps."

Despite strong seasons from Evander Kane (14 goals, 14 assists) and Jack Eichel (eight goals, 16 assists), the Sabres rank last in the NHL in goals per game (2.16) and 27th in goals allowed (3.32).

The Flyers will try to take advantage of goaltender Robin Lehner, who ranks 41st among NHL goaltenders in goals-against average (2.87) and 38th in save percentage (.911).

One of the big reasons for the Flyers' turnaround has been their ability to stay out of the penalty box. During their four-game win streak, they have been short-handed just seven times.

"I think we've had the puck a little bit more and that's probably the first place to look," Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said. "We had a stretch where stick penalties were getting us and those kind of penalties happen when you're chasing a game, when you're defending a little bit too much and that was the case during that stretch. Usually that leads to fewer penalties against."

Last Updated: 6/17/2019 11:50:57 PM EST

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