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Philadelphia has lost seven of nine; Buffalo is 0-2-2 in past four games after winning 10 straight

by Heather Engel / Correspondent

FLYERS (11-12-3) at SABRES (17-8-4)



The Game

The Buffalo Sabres will try to end a four-game losing streak when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center on Saturday.

The Sabres are 0-2-2 in their past four games, with each loss coming by one goal, after winning 10 straight. Linus Ullmark will start for Buffalo with Carter Hutton day to day because of an upper-body injury. Forward Kyle Okposo will play in his 700th NHL game.

The Flyers are 2-5-2 in their past nine games and have allowed at least four goals in five of their past seven. Center Sean Couturier won't play because of a lower-body injury. Coach Dave Hakstol said he's day to day.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Travis Konecny has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart has five goals in a four-game goal streak and eight points in a five-game point streak.


They said it

"I want the guys to be comfortable with me in the net so they can take some chances and rely on me to make the big save. The fact that I'm making some big saves is a confidence booster for me. But at the end of the day, you've got to give your team a chance to win." -- Flyers goaltender Anthony Stolarz


"We really want to get back to our process, our identity, the way that we can play every night and I think that's going to create a lot of success. But you have to enjoy that run (10-game winning streak), too, because it doesn't happen very much. You have to take the good and enjoy it but also learn from what you weren't doing well." -- Sabres forward Kyle Okposo


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Jordan Weal -- Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl -- Scott Laughton -- Jakub Voracek

Oskar Lindblom -- Jori Lehtera -- Dale Weise

Ivan Provorov -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg -- Andrew MacDonald

Travis Sanheim -- Radko Gudas

Anthony Stolarz

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Christian Folin, Phil Varone

Injured: Corban Knight (collarbone), Brian Elliott (lower body), Sean Couturier (lower body)


Sabres projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart 

Conor Sheary -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Jason Pominville

Vladimir Sobotka -- Evan Rodrigues -- Kyle Okposo

Tage Thompson -- Johan Larsson -- Patrik Berglund

Lawrence Pilut -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Zach Bogosian

Nathan Beaulieu -- Matt Tennyson

Linus Ullmark

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Zemgus Girgensons, Remi Elie

Injured: Carter Hutton (upper body), Marco Scandella (upper body), Jake McCabe (lower body), Scott Wilson (ankle), Matt Hunwick (neck)


Status report

Varone was recalled by the Flyers on Friday from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League. ... Pominville will play after missing the past two games because of an upper-body injury. Hunwick is getting closer to making his Buffalo debut, but coach Phil Housley said he's not ready yet.


Stat pack

Giroux has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past seven games. … Eichel has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in his past 11 games. Buffalo is 1-for-13 on the power play in its past five games.

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