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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Buffalo Sabres

Flyers look for points in six straight as they host the Sabres

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Buffalo Sabres
Philadelphia Flyers (8-10-2--18 pts)
vs
Buffalo Sabres (5-17-1--11 pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES  I NHL.com Preview
1. POINT STREAK
The Flyers come into tonight's game looking for points in six straight games, going 4-0-1 in that span… The Flyers have scored four or more goals in three of those contests and have out-scored their opponents 18-7 in that span… Brayden Schenn (3g-3a) and Jakub Voracek (2g-4a) are tied for the team lead with six points during this point streak, while  Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen, Mark Streit and Braydon Coburn lead with a +5 rating… The Flyers have also gone 41.6 percent (5-for-12) on the power play in that span.

2. THE SABRES
This is the first of three meetings on the year against the Sabres and first of two on home ice… The Sabres come into tonight's game without a general manager, having relieved their GM and head coach on Nov. 13… Ted Nolan was named interim head coach and Pat Lafontaine was named the President of Hockey Operations… The Flyers have posted a 4-1-0 record at home against the Sabres in the last three years and have won the last three meetings at the Wells Fargo Center.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Sabres have scored just four goals in the first period this season, posting 35 of their 39 goals in the second & third periods… The Sabres come into tonight's game with the lowest goals-per-game average (1.70) and tied for the lowest goal output (39)… Three of the Sabres five victories this season have come in a shootout - they are 3-for-3 in shootouts… Steve Downie has points in three of his last four games, posting three assists in that span… Claude Giroux averages over a point-per-game against the Sabres in his career with 20 points (4g-16a) in 18 games… The Flyers have held their opponent to
two goals or fewer in 12 out of their 20 games.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Jakub Voracek - (RW) #93
Voracek comes into tonight as the hottest Flyer with a five-game point streak - he has recorded two goals and four assists for six points during that stretch… Overall, he has 10 points on the year with three goals and seven assists… Voracek has seven assists and eight career points in 11 games against the Sabres.

5. Player to watch SABRES: Matt Moulson - (LW) #26
Since coming over from the NY Islanders in a trade for Tomas Vanek, Moulson has nine points (2g-7a) in his first 10 games with the Sabres… He also has 17 points (7g-10a) in his last 16 games… Currently, Moulson is T-4th among all players with five power play goals… Moulson has struggled against the Flyers though - posting just nine points (4g-5a) in 24 career games against the Orange & Black.

QUOTABLE
"I think early on we were tight in third periods and now I believe we know we can win the game and we go out and try to win it."
- Flyers head coach Craig Berube

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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