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Preview: Flyers at Sabres

Philadelphia seeks needed road win; Buffalo's Jack Eichel tries to extend point streak to 11 games

by Joe Yerdon / Correspondent

FLYERS (30-26-8) at SABRES (27-27-12)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CSN-PH, NHL.TV


Flyers team scope

The Philadelphia Flyers are 1-4-1 in their past six road games and are three points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. "Every game is huge," forward Jakub Voracek said. "I don't even know what our record on the road is. … We just have to simplify things. You're under pressure to score a lot of goals and you just find a way to win the game and I think that's what we did in Washington [a 2-1 overtime loss Saturday]. We played a pretty good road hockey game and we've got to have the same approach tonight." The Flyers won't change their lineup from the loss at Washington. "Some of the guys that are in that top-nine [forward] group, so to speak, have played very well," coach Dave Hakstol said. "We like the groups the way they played in Washington. We'll make a change if and when play dictates it." Forward Brayden Schenn has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games. "Brayden is doing what he does," Hakstol said. "Whether we've had him at wing or whether we've had him up the middle, he's a guy that goes to the net. He scores some of those greasy goals in and around those tough areas. His effort and energy levels have been good for our group the last little while."


Sabres team scope

The Buffalo Sabres, 1-4-2 in their past seven games and five points out of the second wild card from the Eastern Conference, are looking to rebound from a 4-3 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, a game they led 3-0 after the first period. "I think it's going to be the tale of the game, is us rebounding from the emotional hit from the last game," coach Dan Bylsma said. "I talked about it. We addressed it at different times with different games, our rebound situation. You got to take the temperature early on in this game of where we're at, how we're responding to a few days ago." Second-year center Jack Eichel has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) during a 10-game point streak. "I feel great, to be honest," Eichel said. "I feel confident on the ice right now. Just trying to go out there every night and try to make a difference. Obviously the wins and the losses column hasn't been where we want it to be in the last few weeks, but we can't live in the past." Goalie Robin Lehner will start after Anders Nilsson played Sunday.


Flyers projected lineup

Jordan Weal -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Brayden Schenn -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jakub Voracek

Nick Cousins -- Sean Couturier -- Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Travis Konecny

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Michael Del Zotto -- Radko Gudas

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Nick Schultz, Dale Weise, Roman Lyubimov

Injured: Michael Raffl (lower body)


Sabres projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Brian Gionta

Marcus Foligno -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Matt Moulson -- Evan Rodrigues -- Justin Bailey

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Zemgus Girgensons -- Tyler Ennis

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Justin Falk -- Zach Bogosian

Josh Gorges -- Cody Franson

Robin Lehner

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: None

Injured: Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Kyle Okposo (ribs), William Carrier (knee), Johan Larsson (wrist):

Status report

Mason will make his fourth straight start. … Kulikov did not skate Tuesday and there was no update on his status.


Who's hot

Simmonds has six goals in his past 10 games. Mason has stopped 94 of 97 shots (.969 save percentage) in his past three games. … O'Reilly has six points (three goals, three assists during a four-game point streak.

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