Flyers Aim To Sharpen Up Against Desperate Sabres
The Philadelphia Flyers (46-25-9) will play their final home game of the regular season tonight when they faceoff against the playoff hopeful (39-31-10)The Sabres enter tonight's matchup a desperate team, a team in a must win situation and like the Flyers recently, have suffered some major injuries to their team.
The Sabres have been hit the hardest on defense and will be without Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers for the remainder of the regular season. Ehrhoff, who leads the team in ice time, was injured at the end of March and is currently out with a Knee injury.
Myers, who is right behind Ehrhoff in ice time, suffered an injury to his foot and will not be making the trip to Philly tonight.
In the three games they have been out of the lineup together this season, the team has struggled mightily, surrendering 14 goals during that span.
Although these defensemen are out tonight, the Flyers will still have their hands full getting the puck by Ryan Miller as he not only tries to save the puck for his team but also the season. He will have to be better than he has been in his previous matchups versus the Flyers this season.
In the three games he has faced the Flyers, Miller is 0-1-1 with a 7.20 goals against and a meager .806 save percentage. The Flyers need to get back to the team they were two weeks ago but it will not be easy as the teams game night scratches show.
While the Flyers would love to finish with home ice advantage, staying healthy will be the key to their playoff run this season. It is hard to believe that if the Flyers win their last two games of the season they will finish one point back of last year's regular season total.
Paul Holmgren deserves a lot of credit by providing Peter Laviolette with the depth he needs to compete and still continues to do so. The Flyers have signed two undrafted college free agents in the past few days, F/D Matt Mangene from the University of Maine and Defenseman Matt Konan from Medicine Hat of the WHL.
These are the types of pick-ups the Flyers need to make in order to trade away the draft picks it takes to nab that veteran defenseman or forward at the trade deadline. Speaking of the Flyers youth, with all the injuries suffered season the Flyers young players have been major contributors to the team.
They have been thrown in every situation by Peter Laviolette and have stood up to the challenge on more occasions than not.
One thing is for certain, the Flyers need to win these last two games and enter the playoffs on a mini-roll.
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