NHL sports betting handicappers are impressed with how the Flyers have continued to build on their success of last year and become one of the top betting NHL commodities on the board for 2011.
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Philadelphia had a record of 26-10-2-3 with the hockey gambling odds and was 13-4-2-1 on the road with 8 of their 20 away games going over the total. The Flyers were in contention for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and were one of the better balanced teams in the NHL as they ranked 3rd for goal scoring and 8th for goals against.
Philadelphia was in good form to start the year with 7 payouts in 10 games from December 14 through January 8 and that included 3 consecutive wins to start the year. Daniel Briere had 21 goals to lead the Flyers in that department while Mike Richards was the leading scorer overall with 13 goals and 24 assists.
Both goaltenders were effective as Brian Boucher had a 2.23 goals against average while Sergei Bobrovsky had a 2.57 goals against.
Buffalo has been a disappointment with the hockey lines as they were just 18-18-5 and won just 9 of their first 20 games at home. The Sabres went under the total in just 8 of their home games. Buffalo has been playing better as of late however with 4 payouts in 5 games from December 28 through January 8.
What has been most alarming has been that Buffalo ranked 21st for goals against despite having Olympic hero Ryan Miller in goal.
Philadelphia has won 4 of their last 5 NHL sports betting matchups at Buffalo with 5 of the last 8 meetings between the teams at Buffalo going over the total. The Sabres have won 3 of the last 4 matchups in this series overall. The two teams last met on October 26 as the Flyers scored a 6-3 home payout with the game going over the total.