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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on March 7, 2020

What you need to know on a game day in Philadelphia

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's a game day in Philadelphia. 

The Sabres are back on the road to play the surging Flyers tonight at Wells Fargo Center. Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m. with faceoff set for 7. You can listen to the game on WGR 550. 

Here's what you need to know. 

 

The lineup 

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The Sabres shuffled their forward lines at practice on Friday, moving Jeff Skinner alongside Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart while Victor Olofsson skated with Marcus Johansson and Dominik Kahun. 

"It's just about getting our offense going and digging for combinations that can make that possible," coach Ralph Krueger said before leaving for Philadelphia. "We need more than one line to go here with the opposition that are coming at us but that will definitely be a potential option tomorrow."

We have the numbers behind Skinner, Eichel, and Reinhart's productive 2018-19 campaign in Friday's practice report. 

Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) and Lawrence Pilut (illness) both missed practice and are day-to-day. Krueger said there "is a good chance" that neither players dresses tonight. The Sabres recalled defenseman John Gilmour from Rochester this morning. 

Linus Ullmark, meanwhile, is one step closer to returning. He's expected to dress tonight as Carter Hutton's back up, which will mark his first time on the bench since he sustained a lower-body injury on Jan. 28. 

"It's just the next step," Krueger said. "We're being patient in this process and making sure that he's game ready, so he'll get a good skate tomorrow morning. We liked what we saw today, we liked his feedback today. He needs to get back into the group and that will be on the bench tomorrow."

 

Tonight's matchup

The Flyers have won eight games in a row, ascending to a tie with the Washington Capitals atop the Metropolitan Division. Since that streak began on Feb. 18, they lead the NHL in goals scored per game (4.50) and rank second on the power play (36.4 percent). 

Travis Konecny has led the way during the streak with 13 points (5+8), bringing his team-leading total to 61. Nicolas Aube-Kubel has points in five straight games (2+3). Goaltender Carter Hart has started six games during the winning streak, posting a .935 save percentage.

The Sabres are looking to reverse their fortunes after going winless in their last five games. They have been held to two goals or less in each of their last six contests and are 0-for-13 on the power play in that span. 

Tonight marks the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season. The Flyers won the first matchup, 6-1, in Philadelphia on Dec. 19. 

 

Get your game-worn jerseys

The Sabres are holding a game-worn jersey auction running now until Sunday, March 15 at 9 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

You can bid now at auctions.nhl.com. 

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