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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Buffalo Sabres

Flyers look to snap two-game skid with a trip to Buffalo

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 8:37 AM / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Buffalo Sabres
Flyers look to snap two-game skid with a trip to Buffalo
Philadelphia Flyers (23-19-4--50pts)
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  Buffalo Sabres (13-26-5--31pts)
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OFFICIAL NHL GAME NOTES  I PHI at BUF: A Deeper Look
1. COMING INTO TONIGHT
The Flyers come into the game tonight having lost two straight games… The last time the Flyers lost three straight games in regulation came at the beginning of the season from Oct. 11-17 when they dropped four straight… The Flyers are 5-1-1 in their last seven games that they have lost in regulation when scoring just one goal… Buffalo has earned at least a point in 10 of their last 14 games, going 7-4-3 in that span, which includes going 2-0-1 in their last three games… The Sabres are 6-0-2 in their last eight home games.

2. SEASON SERIES
This is the second of three meetings on the year against the Sabres and first and only meeting in Buffalo… The Flyers won the first meeting, 4-1 on Nov. 21… The Flyers are 6-2-2  over the last five seasons on the road against the Sabres, however lost both of their most recent contests last season… The home team has won the last six games played between these two teams, with all six games ending in regulation… The Flyers will be looking for their 80th win in franchise history over the Sabres, going 79-58-20-5 since the 1970-71 season, including 31-38-8-2 at Buffalo… Claude Giroux averages over a point-per-game in his career against Buffalo, recording 17 assists and 21 points in 19 games.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
Nine of the Sabres 13 victories on the season have been one-goal games, eight of which have been decided by overtime or a shootout… Ryan Miller has earned 12 of the 13 victories on the season for the Sabres - he is 12-18-1  and has a 2.58 GAA and .928 save percentage on the year… The Sabres PK has killed off 19 of their last 20 power-plays over parts of the last seven games, while the Flyers PK has killed 26 of their last 27 times they have been shorthanded… The Flyers have allowed just 26 goals in the first period, which is tied for fifth-best in the NHL, but they have allowed double that amount in the second period, which is tied for 3rd in the NHL… The Sabres have scored a league-worst 12 goals in the first period at an average of .27 per-game, and have scored a league low, 1.61 goals per-game this season… The Sabres recently hired Tim Murray as their GM on Jan. 9, 56 days after reliving Darcy Regier as GM on Nov. 13 - Murray was serving as the assistant GM for the Ottawa Senators.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Scott Hartnell (RW: 19)
Hartnell comes into tonight's games with four goals and 10 points in his last 11 games… Hartnell went scoreless on Sunday at Rangers, but has not gone two straight games without a point in his last 13 games, dating back to Dec. 11-15, when he went three straight without a point… He posted a goal in the first and only meeting of the year against the Sabres and overall, has had success against Buffalo in his career, posting 12 goals and 25 points in 30 regular season games.

5. Player to watch SABRES: Steve Ott  (C: 9)
The captain of the Sabres has five goals and 12 points on the year so far for Buffalo, but he leads all Sabres forwards in ice-time, averaging 19:42 per-game, and is second on the entire team in shorthanded TOI, averaging 2:25 per game… He has recorded a point in two of his last three games, both of them assists… Against the Flyers Ott is nearly a point-per-game player with five goals and nine points in 12 career games.

QUOTABLE
"The Division is so tight… If you lose one or two, you're in fourth [place] now. You have to win your games and that's all you should look at."
- Craig Berube

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 49 17 40 11 57
C. Giroux 48 16 36 6 52
M. Streit 49 7 28 -2 35
W. Simmonds 49 17 12 -5 29
B. Schenn 49 10 19 -3 29
S. Couturier 49 10 12 -1 22
M. Read 49 3 15 -9 18
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
M. Del Zotto 37 4 11 -7 15
V. Lecavalier 35 7 7 -10 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 9 12 6 .921 2.41
R. Emery 8 9 1 .887 3.38
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