Philadelphia Flyers (2-1-0, 4pts)
Buffalo Sabres (1-2-0, 2pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
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Season Series: 0-1-0
All-Time Record: 182gp (92-63-20-7)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 5-pts (3g-2a)
BUF - Taylor Hall (1g-5a) & Jack Eichel (6a): 6-pts
1. BOUNCE BACK
The Flyers look to bounce back after suffering their first loss of the season last night to the Sabres... Last year, the Flyers were 11-7-2 in games after a regulation loss, including winning five straight in that scenario to end the regular season... The Flyers have not dropped consecutive home games in regulation in Philadelphia since the 2018-19 season (Mar. 31-Apr. 6)… The Sabres look for their second straight win - Last season, they earned consecutive wins on the road only once (Oct. 17-19)... They also haven't won two straight games in regulation at Philly in over 10 years (Nov. 14 & 27, 2009).
2. BOUNCE BACK... TO-BACK
This is also the second of games on back-to-back nights for the Flyers - being the first of eight total back-to-backs on the season and first of five in which both are at home... Last season, the Flyers went 6-5-2 in the second of back-to-back... The Sabres also play eight back-to-backs and dropped their only second game of a back-to-back to kick off their season (2-1 to Washington)... Last season they went 4-5-1 in the second of back-to-back.
3. SHOTS & GOALS
The Flyers have allowed the fifth-most shots against per-game in the NHL at 34.7 and have allowed more than 30 shots in each game, including 36 to the Sabres last night... The Flyers are T-2nd in the NHL for most goals scored (12) and have scored 11 of the 12 in the first (5) and third periods (6)... The Sabres have allowed the fourth fewest shots against per-game at 23.7 and are right behind the Flyers with 11 goals, nine of which have come in the second (4) and third (5) periods.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Jake Voracek is one assist shy of passing Mark Recchi for fifth all time in Flyers history with 396 helpers... THAT: Taylor Hall's three-point night against the Flyers (3a) gives him four multi-point games in his last eight meetings against the Flyers - he has more points per-game (1.29) against the Flyers than any other team... THE OTHER: Rasmus Ristolainen is T-3rd among all players in the NHL with 15 hits - he had eight in last night's win.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (G: #37 - Brian Elliott)
Elliott will get his first start of the season after appearing in 31:24 and stopping 12 of 14 shots in relief of Carter Hart last night... Elliott has some of his best career numbers against the Sabres - posting a 13-2-2 record with a 1.89 GAA and .937 save percentage in 18 appearances, which includes nine straight wins against the Sabres to begin his career.
SABRES (LW: #68 - Victor Olofsson)
Olofsson is coming off an impressive rookie season last year - The 181st overall pick in the 2014 Draft (held in Philadelphia) finished T-2nd in points per-game (.78) with 42 points in 54 games and tied for second with 20 goals, while also leading rookies with 11 power-play goals... He has two goals and three points in three games so far this season, two of which have come on the team's power play.