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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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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