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Elliott in goal again as Philadelphia goes for eighth win in past nine games; Sabres expected to have Wilson, Gorges in lineup

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

FLYERS (15-12-7) at SABRES (8-19-7)

7 p.m. ET; SN, MSG-B, NBCSP, NHL.TV

 

The Game

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

Brian Elliott

Alex Lyon

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

Robin Lehner

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Evan Rodrigues, Justin Falk, Victor Antipin

Injured: Taylor Fedun (lower body)

 

Status update

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.

 

Stat pack

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.

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