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Flyers look to bounce back against Sabres

by Adam Kimelman

FLYERS (23-19-4) at SABRES (13-26-5)


Last 10: Philadelphia 7-3-0; Buffalo 5-3-2

Season series: It's the second of three games this season between the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres. On Nov. 21, Flyers forward Matt Read scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-1 win at First Niagara Center.

Big story: The Sabres are feeling good about themselves after their 2-1 shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday which snapped an 11-game winless skid on the road.

"It was a total game and we haven't seen that in a long time on the road," Sabres captain Steve Ott told the Buffalo News on Sunday.

Now the Sabres look to continue their improved play at home, which has seen them win six of their past eight. They'll face a Flyers team looking to rebound from a lost weekend that saw them swept in a back-to-back set at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (6-3) and at the New York Rangers on Sunday (4-1).

"We allowed 10 goals," forward Jakub Voracek told Sunday. "We didn't play very well defensively. I wouldn't say we lost the games in the first period but we were half a step slower than them. They came out with some jam."

Team scope:

Flyers: The Flyers will have Read back in the lineup Tuesday. Read had missed the past six games with a concussion; the Flyers are 3-3-0 without him.

Coach Craig Berbue said there would be no restrictions on when and how much he plays Read, who averages 19:29 per game of ice time.

"He's an every-situation player for us," Berube said after the Flyers' morning skate Tuesday. "Penalty kill, power play, 5-on-5. He's fast, has the ability to put the puck in the net, so he adds speed. Like I said, he's an all-around kind of player."

The Flyers had previously opened a roster spot by returning forward Tye McGinn to the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League on Monday.

Read has 10 goals and nine assists in 39 games.

Sabres: Drew Stafford wore a non-contact jersey at practice Monday but he's getting close to a return to the lineup. Stafford has missed the past three games with an upper-body injury sustained Jan. 2.

"I think it's more a day-to-day kind of thing," Stafford told the Buffalo News. "I had a really long day [Monday], a hard-working day, so we'll see how it responds later [Monday] and [Tuesday] morning. That's pretty much where we're at."

Stafford has four goals and nine assists in 41 games.

Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said he wasn't sure if Stafford could play as soon as Tuesday against the Flyers.

"I talked to him during practice," Nolan told the Buffalo News. "He said he was feeling good. I'm not 100 percent sure about [Tuesday] but he's real close."

Who's hot: Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has 10 goals in his past 13 games. … Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is 6-1-1 in his past eight games, and has allowed two goals or fewer in six of those games.

Injury report: Flyers forwards Zac Rinaldo (ankle) and Read (concussion) are questionable. … Sabres forwards Cody McCormick (upper body) and Kevin Porter (undisclosed), along with defenseman Henrik Tallinder (upper body), are out. Stafford (upper body) is questionable.


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