Philadelphia Flyers (29-26-7, 65pts) vs. Buffalo Sabres (29-25-8, 66pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothmans Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 178gp (89-62-20-7)
PHI: 63-pts, Giroux (18g-45a)
BUF: 68-pts, Eichel (21g-47a)
1. HERE'S THE SITUATION
Both teams are in a fight for the final wild card position in the East with the Sabres (66pts) one point ahead of the Flyers (65pts) with each team at 62 games played - the Penguins and Hurricanes are tied for the final wild card at 72 points with the Pens on the outside due to the tiebreaker... The Flyers play 14 of their final 19 games against teams currently in a playoff position, while the Sabres play nine of their final 19 games against playoff teams.
2. RETURN TO NORMALCY
After two days off, the Flyers enter a slate of playing four games in the next six days, three of which are on the road... The Flyers are 9-2-1 in the last 12 home games, including their come from behind win against the Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday... Ryan Hartman, who was acquired in a trade for Wayne Simmonds yesterday is expected to make his Flyers debut... The Sabres are playing the second of a back-to-back after suffering a 5-3 loss at Toronto... They have dropped five of six games entering tonight, as well as five straight games on the road with their last road win coming on Jan. 29 (5-4 at CBJ).
3. RUBBER MATCH
Its the final meeting of the season series with each team splitting the first two with both games played at Buffalo... The Sabres have scored six of their seven goals in the first period against the Flyers... The Flyers have also won four straight at home against the Sabres and earned points in 11 consecutive meetings in Philly, posting a 9-0-2 record... Their last loss in regulation came nearly eight years ago (5-3 on Mar. 5, 2011)... Claude Giroux leads all players in the season series with five points (2g-3a) in two games.
4. THIRD TIME'S A CHARM
The Flyers are sixth in the NHL for the most goals in the third period (74), which is also 3rd in the Eastern Conference, and have outscored their opponent 7-3 in the last four games in the third period... The Flyers have scored at least one goal in the third period in each of their last nine games (15) and 50 percent of their goals (15 of 30) have been scored in the final frame in that span.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier posted another multi-point game in the Stadium Series, giving him five multi-point games in his last six outings... He has also recorded seven multi-point games in the month of February, which is a new career high for multi-point games in a month... In total, he has 17 points (6g-11a) in 11 games, which by far leads the Flyers in the scoring in February.
SABRES (C: #10 - Jack Eichel)
The Sabres captain is on a five-game point streak with seven points (3g-4a) in that stretch - it's also his fourth separate streak of five-games or more has recorded this season... Eichel's 68 points are already the most for a Sabres player in the last seven seasons when Jason Pominville had 73 in 2011-12... He also has seven goals and 10 points in 10 career games against the Flyers.