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5 Things: Flyers vs. Sabres

The Flyers enter tonight looking for their third straight win for the first time in over a month

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (17-13-4, 38pts)
at
Buffalo Sabres (6-23-5, 17pts)
at KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
TIME: 7:30 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
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GAME NOTES
 

QUICK STATS
Season Series: 5-1-0
All-Time Record: 187gp (97-63-20-7)
Leading Scorer:
PHI - 31 pts: James van Riemsdyk (13g-18a)
BUF - 21 pts: Sam Reinhart (12g-9a) & Victor Olofsson (9g-12a)
 
1. ABOUT LAST GAME
The Flyers scored three goals in the third period to force overtime at Buffalo with Ivan Provorov scoring the winner in the extra frame... It was the first game of the series in which the winning team did not score the first goal of the game... The Sabres had three different players record their goals and nine different skaters record points... For the fourth time out of six games in the series, both teams did not score on power-play opportunities in the game.
 
2. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?
The Flyers enter tonight looking for their third straight win for the first time in over a month (Feb. 24, 27 & 28) which also involved two straight wins over the Sabres... The Flyers will also look for their sixth straight win over the Sabres for just the third time in franchise history and first since a six-game streak from Jan. 28, 1987 to Oct. 9, 1988... Buffalo earned their first point in the standings in Monday's OT loss, which snapped a nine-game losing skid, but are now winless in their last 18 games with a 0-15-3 record... They have not earned points in two straight since Feb. 23 & 25... The Sabres will also look for their first win in regulation in the month of March since the 2018 season (Mar. 26, 2018 vs. TOR: 3-2).
 
3. THIRD WHEEL
The Flyers have scored four of their last six goals, five of their last nine goals and seven of their last 12 goals have come in the third period - they are T-5th in the NHL for most third-period goals (40)... The Sabres have been outscored 7-0 over their last three games in the third period and have scored the fewest amount of third-period goals this season (23) and have been outscored 44-23 in the final frame.
 
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers have had four of their last five games, as well as 10 of their last 15 games dating back to Mar. 4, decided by one goal ... THAT: Over half of Sabres' forward Victor Olofsson's points this year have come on the power play (12 of 21) and nearly half of his career points have come on the man advantage (31 of 67) ... THE OTHER: Sean Couturier will be looking to extend his point streak to five in-a-row - he seven points (4g-3a) on his current four-game streak.
 
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (D: #9 - Ivan Provorov)
In addition to the OT-winner, Provorov had the primary assist on the game-tying goal and led the team with six shots and 25:27 of ice time on Monday... He has four points (1g-3a) in the season series against the Sabres and leads the team with 18 shots on goal and a +7 rating in the six games.
 
SABRES (RW: #4 - Taylor Hall)
Hall posted an assist in Monday's loss which gives him three assists in his last two games against the Flyers and a total of six assists in six games of the season series... Despite not producing a goal in his last seven games against the Flyers, Hall still averages over a point per-game with 30 points (10g-20a) in 26 meetings.

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