Series preview, picks and predictions – Philly Sports
The Flyers will be in Buffalo tonight to face the Sabers at 7 p.m. in what will be the first of two games between the two clubs this weekend. They will face off again tomorrow at 5 p.m. in Philadelphia.
This is the second of three meetings between the two teams this season. The Sabers defeated the Flyers 6-3 on Jan. 22.
Buffalo Sabers (27-38-11, 65pts)
Owen Power made his debut against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The first pick in the 2021 draft was a +2 in his first NHL game. He then had an assist against the Blues on Thursday for his first NHL point.
Mattias Samuelson is recovering from a lower body injury and is expected to play in either game this weekend. Samuelsson has nine assists in 36 games for the Sabers this season. He has recorded five of those assists in the last ten games.
Victor Olofsson has found its groove lately. After missing time with a wrist injury, Olofsson found the back of the net. Olofsson was on a 30-game drought before Feb. 15 when he scored twice against the Islanders. He also has 11 points in his last ten games.
Tonight will also mark that of Alex Tuch 300th NHL game.
Projected lineup of the Sabers
Power – Jokiharju
Philadelphia Flyers (23-40-11, 57pts)
The Flyers are looking to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to Rangers on Wednesday where they were outplayed from start to finish.
Injuries hampered the Flyers late in the season, and it saw young talent being called up to the big club.
Carter Hart, Cam York, Cam Atkinson, Rasmus Ristolainen and Patrick Brown did not practice with the team yesterday. Nate Thompson resumed training.
Felix Sandstrom has been called up to replace Martin Jones tonight. Looks like Carter Hart will be out for the remainder of the season. Sandstrom started against Rangers in Wednesday’s 4-0 loss.
Defender Yegor Zamula will play alongside fellow Russian Ivan Porvorov tonight. Zamula said it was a dream to play alongside Provorov and he made it his intention when he first signed with the Flyers.
Bobby Brink was seen on the same line as Morgan Frost and Joel Farabee in practice. Brink was also seen on the best power play unit. Expect Brink to create chances tonight.
Flyers Planned programming
Farabée – Frost – Brink
Sanheim – Connauton
Victor Olofsson scores anytime (+245)
Bobby Brink score anytime (+310)
Money-line flyers (+135)
Correct score prediction: Flyers 4, Sabers 2 (+2500)
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