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Sabres at Flyers preview

Neuvirth might make first start since Nov. 28 for Philadelphia; Buffalo will look to end three-game skid

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

SABRES (10-22-9) at FLYERS (18-15-8)



The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try for their third straight victory when they play the Buffalo Sabres at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. They have scored 12 goals their past two games, a 6-4 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday and a 6-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

The Sabres have lost three consecutive games (0-2-1). They're 1-3-2 since a 4-2 win against the Flyers at KeyBank Center on Dec. 22.


Players to watch

Sabres forward Jack Eichel has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his past 16 games.

Video: BUF@NJD: Eichel beats Schneider with a fantastic tip

Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth will make his first start since a 3-1 loss against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 28, when he sustained a lower-body injury. He was activated from injured reserve Dec. 26 but has played one period in the past four games, replacing Brian Elliott at the start of the third in a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Video: SJS@PHI: Neuvirth turns aside Thornton, Meier


They said it

"There's bits and pieces of our game that are good, but there's a lack of consistency throughout the whole game. Little details every shift that can make a difference." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley after a 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday


"This is short-lived. Can sit back and enjoy this for the next 30 minutes or so, and then got to park it and move on to the next challenge which is here [Sunday]." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol after the 6-3 win against the Blues on Saturday


Sabres projected lineup

Zemgus Girgensons -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Evander Kane -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

Scott Wilson -- Evan Rodrigues -- Jason Pominville

Johan Larsson -- Jacob Josefson -- Benoit Pouliot

Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Josh Gorges -- Zach Bogosian

Nathan Beaulieu -- Jake McCabe

Robin Lehner

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Jordan Nolan, Justin Falk

Injured: Victor Antipin (illness)


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Michael Raffl -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Jori Lehtera -- Scott Laughton -- Tyrell Goulbourne

Ivan Provorov -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg -- Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Dale Weise, Taylor Leier, Travis Sanheim

Injured: None


Status report

Pouliot returns to the lineup after being scratched against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. … Neuvirth is expected to be the only lineup change for the Flyers.


Stat pack

Kane has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 21 games against the Flyers, the second-most he has against any team (25 points against the Carolina Hurricanes). … Giroux has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past two games and 23 (three goals, 20 assists) in his past 14.

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