FLYERS (15-12-7) at SABRES (8-19-7)
7 p.m. ET; SN, MSG-B, NBCSP, NHL.TV
The Philadelphia Flyers will go for their eighth win their past nine games when they play the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Friday.
The Flyers' current run started after they lost 10 consecutive games (0-5-5).
Philadelphia goaltender Brian Elliott will start his 10th straight game and play for the 19th time in the past 20 games, including 18 starts. He's 7-1-0 and has allowed 16 goals in his past eight games.
The Sabres have lost three straight games (0-2-1), including 2-1 against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 14.
Players to watch
Flyers forward Jakub Voracek is second in the NHL with 34 assists, one behind Josh Bailey of the New York Islanders, and has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in the past eight games.
Sabres center Jack Eichel has nine points (four goals, five assists) in the past eight games.
They said it
"Just by getting a couple good wins in a row on that Western Canadian swing [Dec. 4-7] just has a way of reinvigorating that confidence and that swagger. We tweaked the lineup a little bit, we tweaked a couple of things we were doing, but mostly it was just the guys in the locker room, especially the leaders in the locker room, stayed strong and pushed things in the right direction." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol, on winning seven of the past eight games since losing 10 straight
"For a while we were scoring a little bit more, and when you look at clips we had net-front, we had secondary opportunities and we tried to get those dirty goals. But sometimes when you try to get too cute and over-pass, there's time to make plays for sure, but if you had a shot you just take it and sometimes that creates offense that way." -- Sabres forward Jason Pominville, on how to create more goals
Flyers projected lineup
Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal -- Nolan Patrick -- Dale Weise
Jori Lehtera -- Scott Laughton -- Travis Konecny
Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald
Shayne Gostisbehere -- Robert Hagg
Travis Sanheim -- Radko Gudas
Scratched: Mark Alt
Injured: Taylor Leier (upper body), Brandon Manning (lower body), Michal Neuvirth (lower body)
Sabres projected lineup
Zemgus Girgensons -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Evander Kane -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo
Benoit Pouliot -- Jacob Josefson -- Jason Pominville
Scott Wilson -- Johan Larsson -- Jordan Nolan
Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe -- Zach Bogosian
Josh Gorges -- Nathan Beaulieu
Scratched: Evan Rodrigues, Justin Falk, Victor Antipin
Injured: Taylor Fedun (lower body)
Neuvirth joined Lyon and Elliot on the ice Friday, but Hakstol had no update on his health. … Sabres coach Phil Housley said his lineup will be a game-time decision, but it appears Wilson and Gorges likely will play. Wilson was scratched against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday and Gorges was scratched the past two games.
Giroux has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past seven games. … Lehner is 4-7-1 with a .935 save percentage in 13 home games this season.