Philadelphia Flyers (18-11-5, 41pts)
Buffalo Sabres (16-12-7, 39pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 2-1-0
All-Time Record: 179gp (90-62-20-7)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 29-pts (11g-18a)
BUF - Jack Eichel: 50-pts (24g-26a)
1. HOME COOKIN
The Flyers continued their home dominance after a 4-1 win over Anaheim on Tuesday - they have the NHL's fourth best winning percentage on home ice at .765 with a record of 11-2-4... They also have the second-best goals-against average in the NHL at home (2.06) which also leads the Eastern Conference... The Flyers are one of three teams with just two or less losses at home (BOS & MIN: 1) and are ranked second among all NHL teams with regulation wins at home (10) which also tied for the Eastern Conference lead... A win tonight will give them 12 wins at home, which they didn't accomplished until Feb. 2 last season... Carter Hart is T-3rd among all NHL goaltenders in wins on home ice (9), third in both goals-against average (1.57) and save percentage (.944).
2. SABRES SKEWERED
It's the first of three meetings against Buffalo this season... The Flyers won the season series last year (2-1-0) and have also won the seasons series in three straight years and five of the last six... The Flyers own a five-game winning streak against the Sabres on home ice, and have earned at least a point in 12 straight home games against Buffalo, going unbeaten in regulation at 10-0-2 during that stretch with their last regulation loss coming on Mar. 5, 2011... In that span they have outscored the Sabres, 45-22.
Buffalo comes into tonight in second place in the Atlantic Division after earning at least a point in nine of their last 11 games, going 5-2-4... This is the third and final game of a three-game road trip in which they dropped the first two (0-1-1)... This is their fourth road trip of three or more games and they have not been swept in any of the previous three.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers are T-4th in the NHL in third-period goals (44) and have scored a goal in the third period in eight of their last nine games... THAT: The Sabres are one of five teams in the NHL, and one of two in the Eastern Conference, with a perfect record (13-0-0) when leading after the second period, but are also one of five teams in the NHL with no wins when trailing after the second period... THE OTHER: The Sabres have their worst winning percentage against the Metro Division (3-3-3, .500), while the Flyers have their best winning percentage against the Atlantic Division (7-2-1, .750).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (D: #9 - Ivan Provorov)
Provorov has points in each of his last two games and leads the team defense with 21 points (5g-16a)... Five of his seven goals, and 16 of his 21 total points have come playing at home this season... His 16 points at home are tied for the team lead at home, while his +14 rating at home is T-2nd among all players in the NHL.
SABRES (C: #9 - Jack Eichel)
Eichel is the hottest player in the NHL... He comes into tonight with a 17-game point streak in which he averages nearly a goal per-game (16) and nearly two points per-game (31)... He has recorded multiple points in nine games during the streak, including two points in each of his last four games... Against the Flyers, he has eight goals and 11 points in eight career games.