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Lyon in goal for Philadelphia; Buffalo goes for seventh straight win

by Heather Engel / NHL.com Correspondent

FLYERS (9-9-2) at SABRES (13-6-2)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSP+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Buffalo Sabres will try to extend their winning streak to seven games when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center on Wednesday.

It would be their longest streak since beginning the 2006-07 season with 10 straight wins from Oct. 4-26.

Goalie Alex Lyon will make his first start of the season for Philadelphia, which has lost three straight after a 5-0-1 stretch. The Flyers have scored at least four goals in four of their past six games.

Lyon, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League last week, was 3-2-1 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in seven NHL starts last season.

 

Players to watch

Flyers forward Sean Couturier has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past six games.

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner has 20 points (13 goals, seven assists) in his past 15 games.

 

They said it

"Puck battles and scrums once we create that pressure, we've got to win more of those because too many pucks are ending up on our net 10 seconds after those scrums." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol on his team's penalty kill, which ranks 30th in the NHL (68.6 percent).

"We never changed the way that we play. It's one thing that's been really good throughout this whole season."-- Sabres forward Kyle Okposo on Buffalo's ability to come back in games when trailing

 

Philadelphia Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Nolan Patrick -- Jakub Voracek

James van Riemsdyk -- Jordan Weal -- Wayne Simmonds

Dale Weise -- Scott Laughton -- Jori Lehtera

Ivan Provorov -- Robert Hagg

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Christian Folin

Travis Sanheim -- Radko Gudas

Alex Lyon

Calvin Pickard

Scratched: Andrew MacDonald, Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Injured: Michael Raffl (lower body), Corban Knight (collarbone), Michal Neuvirth (lower body), Brian Elliott (lower body)

 

Sabres projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville

Tage Thompson -- Vladimir Sobotka -- Sam Reinhart

Conor Sheary -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Evan Rodrigues

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Zach Bogosian

Nathan Beaulieu -- Casey Nelson

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Remi Elie

Injured: Marco Scandella (lower body), Patrik Berglund (upper body), Scott Wilson (ankle), Matt Hunwick (neck)

 

Status report

Scandella, who sustained a lower-body injury in a 5-4 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, left the morning skate early and coach Phil Housley said he is day to day. ... Berglund didn't skate and is day to day. ... Lehtera will play after being scratched the past two games.

 

Stat pack

Giroux needs one assist to pass Brian Prop (480) for second place in Flyers history. … Pominville will play in his 682nd game with the Sabres, ninth-most in team history. … Hutton is 5-0-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .936 save percentage in the past five games. ... Buffalo is second in the NHL with five wins when trailing after two periods (Calgary Flames, six).

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