Tonight kicks off the second of games on back-to-back nights for both teams, who each lost the first game the night before - The Flyers are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Devils at the Wells Fargo Center, while the Sabres were in Pittsburgh last night, where they dropped a 4-3 contest… The Flyers are 1-0-0 so far in the second game of back-to-backs, taking a come from behind, 5-4, overtime victory at Boston on Oct. 21… Buffalo is 0-1-0 in the back end of back-to-backs after they dropped a 4-3 contest vs. Devils on Oct. 24… Tonight is the third of four games in a six-day span for Buffalo, while the Flyers play the third of five games in an eight-day span.
The Flyers face the Sabres for the second time in a four-day span after dropping a 4-3 overtime decision on Oct. 27… The Flyers have dropped two straight games to the Sabres dating back to last season, both of which were decided past regulation… The Sabres will be looking for their third straight win against the Flyers for the first time since the 2009-10 season… After tonight, the Flyers won’t see the Sabres for another 104 days when they wrap up the series in Philadelphia on Feb. 11… The Flyers have won two straight meetings against the Sabres in Buffalo and overall have walked away with an 8-2-2 record in the last 12 meetings in Buffalo since the start of the 2008-09 season.
Tonight is the first of a five-game, nine-day road trip for the Flyers that will see them travel to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and finish up in Winnipeg… The Sabres return home where they will play three of their next four games… Luke Schenn is scheduled to play his 500th NHL game tonight, while Jakub Voracek is slated to play his 300th game as a Flyer… Michael Del Zotto is leading all Flyers in average TOI per game at 23:54 - it’s more than three minutes above his career average of 20:29 per game… Rookie Jack Eichel leads the Sabres in shots on goal (35) which ranks second among all NHL rookies… Buffalo has outshot their opponents in eight of their first 10 games and have all three victories when they outshoot the opposition… Last season, the Sabres hadn’t outshot their opponents eight times until their 76th game and only 10 times the entire season.
Brayden Schenn has points in two straight games to move him into a tie atop the Flyers leaderboard in scoring with four goals and six points in eight games… He is averaging 15:17 of ice-time, which is 12th on the team… Through eight games, Schenn already has one-fifth of his career high of 20 goals set in 2013-14… Schenn recorded his biggest game of the year against the Sabres on Tuesday, scoring twice, including the game-tying goal with under a minute left in regulation to force overtime… He now has five goals and six points in 12 career games against Buffalo.
O’Reilly is the hottest Sabre this season, and as of late, by riding a four-game point streak heading into tonight - he has two goals and five assists for seven points in that span… He is also the Sabres leading scorer with 10 points (3g-7a) and has six of his 10 points on the power-play to also lead Buffalo… He ranks second on the Sabres in ice-time at over 21 minutes (21:05) which leads all forwards on the Sabres and ranks third overall among NHL forwards… O’Reilly recorded one assist in Tuesday’s game against the Flyers and has six points (2g-4a) in eight career games against Philadelphia.