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Kicking off the Friday slate of NHL games is a matchup between Eastern Conference opponents as the Philadelphia Flyers (4-5-1) visit the Buffalo Sabres (5-5). Both teams are in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference and are looking to advance higher in their respective divisions to make themselves legitimate playoff threats.
The Flyers started the season winning three of their first four games, including a big 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. They have since won only one of their last six games, as they are also currently on a three-game losing streak.
The Sabres were the exact opposite starting the season. Buffalo's only had one win in their first five games of the season. They have readjusted, as they’ve won three of their last four games.
This game is a rematch from last Wednesday's previous matchup, where the Sabers took down the Flyers 5-2. Buffalo left-wing Brandon Biro scored two goals against the defense of the Flyers.
Both the Sabres and the Flyers have identical offices, as they both average 3.2 goals per game. The production of their offense is evenly spread as multiple players for both teams have a significant impact on scoring and creating shot opportunities for their teammates.
The biggest difference in both teams, which could be the deciding factor, is that the Sabres have the better defense. Buffalo allows an average of 2.9 goals per game, while Philadelphia allows an average of 3.3 goals per game.
Time: 7:00 PM E.T. - Friday
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The New Jersey Devils (6-2-1) are right back on the ice after a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild late last night. The Devils will be going on the road to take on the St. Louis Blues (3-4-1) in a game requiring much more production on both sides of the ice.
The Devils started the season winning only one of their three games, as their defense has been a problem. They have been able to come back in a big way as they have won five of the last six games, including a three-game win streak, with their last two being wins over the Wild.
The Blues have been up and down to start the season as they win one game but lose another quickly after. Saint Louis has wins over the Seattle Kraken, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Calgary Flames, but also has disappointing losses to Dallas, Arizona, Winnipeg, a shutout 5-0 loss to Vancouver and Colorado.
New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes has been one of the most productive players in the NHL this season as he leads the league in points the counter for (20). In the game against the Wild, Hughes accounted for two assists. Hughes possesses excellent vision and quick reaction time to set up excellent scoring opportunities for his teammates. New Jersey is second in the league in goals per game (4.22).
The Blues are one of the least productive offenses in the league, as they only account for 1.75 goals per game. They only rank ahead of the San Jose Sharks, who currently do not have a win this season.
Michael Hanich is a sports journalist/analyst with a wide variety of experience in the newspaper and digital field. He has a love for all sports. The leagues that he covers are College Football, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, College Basketball (men’s and women’s), the MLB, Lacrosse, Volleyball, and the WNBA.More info on Michael Hanich
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