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5 THINGS: Sabres vs. Flyers

Flyers are home tonight at the WFC facing the Buffalo Sabres.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

2015-16 Series: 1-1-1 

All-Time Record: 170gp (84-59-20-7)

Leading Scorers: PHI: Voracek, 7pts (2g-5a) | BUF: 5pts, O'Reilly (3g-2a), Ristolainen (5a)

Power Play: (PHI: 4-for-22, 18.8%, 13th) (BUF: 4-for-21, 19.0%, 12th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 15-of-20, 75.0%, 22nd) (BUF: 13-of-14, 92.9%, 6th)

 

1. WELL TRAVELED, BUT WELL RESTED

This is the third straight team the Flyers will face at home, who are nearing the end of a long trip as the Sabres end a four-game road trip where they spent seven-days and three games in Western Canada before traveling to Philadelphia… However, the Sabres have now had four days off with their last game coming on Oct. 20… The Flyers on the other hand will be playing their second game in less than 24 hours coming off a night of travel from Montreal.

 

2. THERE'S HISTORY THERE

Tonight is the fourth game at home against the Sabres in Flyers last five meetings against Buffalo… The Flyers have gone unbeaten in regulation against the Sabres on home ice since the start of the 2011-12, going 6-0-2 in eight games outscoring Buffalo 31 to 15… Brayden Schenn had three goals in three games against Buffalo last year… Nick Cousins has two points (1g-1a) and scored his first NHL goal against the Sabres last year.

 

3. THROUGH THE FIRST TWO WEEKS

The Flyers have scored 13 of their 20 goals in the second period and nearly double the amount of shots from the first period (40) to the second (76)… Four of the Sabres' 11 goals on the year have come on the power-play, scoring a goal on the man-advantage in three of their four games… The Sabres have also allowed just one power-play goal this season, killing off 13 of 14 - They are one of eight teams to have given up only one goal on the penalty kill.

 

4. YOUR POINT IS…

Claude Giroux enters tonight's game with a five-game point streak, recording six assists in that span, while Jakub Voracek leads the Flyers in scoring with eight points (3g-5a) and has recorded points in four straight games… Buffalo d-man Rasmus Ristolainen has five points (all assists) in four games, four of which have come on the team's power play… Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner has started all four games for Buffalo posing a 3.01 GAA and .892 save percentage.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (D: #23 - Brandon Manning)

Manning comes into tonight's game as the Flyers leading d-man with five points (1g-4a) in the Flyers first six games, recording points in four of the six outings… Manning also averages 18:00 minutes per-game and leads the Flyers with a plus-6 rating, which also ties for 10th among all NHL players.

SABRES (C: #90 - Ryan O'Reilly)

O'Reilly is tied for the team lead in scoring with three goals and five points through the first four games and also leads all NHL forwards in average ice-time per-game with over 23 minutes (23:13)… He led the Sabres last season, his first with the team, in scoring with 60 points (21g-39a) and his 39 assists were a new career high.  

 

TODAY AT 50

Few players in NHL history had the ability to score in bunches quite like Flyers power forward Tim Kerr. On October 25, 1984, Kerr punished the St. Louis Blues for four goals in a 7-2 blowout victory for the Flyers at the Spectrum. The game was the first of four games that Kerr had recorded a four-goals - No Flyer has recorded more four-goal games than Kerr.

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