Preview:Flyers Back Home Tonight to Host Sabres
Don't let the score fool you, the Flyers were never close in this one as they were out hustled, out worked, and did not compete to the level that this team is capable of.
The Buffalo Sabres (3-5-1) arrive in Philly fresh, having two days off between games. They are coming off of a 6-1 blowout against a very bad New Jersey Devils team, so bad they benched Kovalchuk as a healthy scratch on that night. This meeting between the Flyers and Sabres will be the first of four meetings between these two teams.
The Flyers have a pretty good home record (43-22-12) against the Sabres and have an overall winning record of (71-59-20).
The last time these two teams met was on March 5, 2010 in Buffalo where the Sabres won the game 3-2 in OT on a goal by Tim Connolly.
The last time they met in Philly was on Nov. 27, 2009, that game too was won by Buffalo 4-2, but only this time in regulation.
The Flyers don't match up well with the Sabres in the Goaltending department, Ryan Miller is a franchise goalie and the Flyers are still (since Hextall) trying to find theirs.
The Flyers also may struggle to keep up with the Sabres speed, they did not do a good job staying with their check against Columbus last night and often looked very slow at times.
The Sabres and Flyers have been in the league together for forty years and have only been trading partners four times. Two out of the four trades actually worked out for the Flyers, one better than the other, but they both worked out.
On April 5, 1995 the Flyers sent defenseman Garry Galley to Buffalo for Defenseman Petr Svoboda and on Feb 27, 2007 the Flyers sent a 2007 2nd rounder (T.J. Brennan) to Buffalo in exchange for Marty Biron.
Svoboda was a solid defensemen for the Flyers and Biron turned out to be a half decent goalie for the price.
In The Nets
At the time of this writing the Flyers have not yet announced the starter for tonight's game.
I will venture to say that Sergei Bobrovsky will get the nod due to the back to back games.The Flyers have another back to back game situation coming up this weekend and they will probably split those too.
The Buffalo Sabres will go with Ryan Miller (3-4-1) with a 2.21 GAA and a .919 SV%. In 12 games against the Flyers Miller is 7-3-0-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .905 SV%.
On The Lookout
One thing to be sure to look for is the effort the Flyers give on the ice tonight.They did not put much effort into the loss against Columbus last night and that will need to change tonight. The Flyers are coming off of that game last night so also look to see if that has any effect on the team.
Briere is still flying around out there looking good. Leino scored he second goal in his last two games, which are his only two this season.Look for them to keep that ball rolling. Let's hope the coach can inject some emotion and energy into this team.
Unfortunately for the Flyers the Sabres have been a better team on the road , the only three wins the Sabres have this season came on the road. Obviously Miller will be a key to the game and by the way the Flyers struggle to score, he can shut them down early.
Derek Roy is leading the team in points with nine and goals with five followed by Drew Stafford with four goals and seven points. Keep an eye out for Tyler Ennis, Tim Connolly and Thomas Vanek as they too have been putting points on the board.
On defense for the Sabres keep an eye on Jordan Leopold and Tyler Myers as they can put the puck on and in the net.
The Flyers have to snap out and play like they know what they are doing out there. There is no consistency to there game right now. Jeff Carter shoots way too many times, this would not be a problem if he hit the net.
Last night he brought the puck in the Blue Jackets zone and had Zherdev breaking in to his right, and he decided to shoot the puck into the defenseman's shin instead of passing. The shot deflected off of the defenseman's shin and out of the zone killing the rush.
They need to score early on Miller and crash the net, he does not like contact.
Step Up Players
Carter, Hartnell, Zherdev
What's Well@Fargo Center ?
Tonight at the Wells Fargo Center the Flyers will honor Barry Ashbee and present his widow with his retired #4 jersey banner that hung in the spectrum for many years. To read more on this presentation and Barry Ashbee click. All fans attending the game will all receive replica handouts of the #4 banner at the gates.