The No. 7 seeded Sabres (43-29-10, 96 points) started slow and finished strong to qualify for their second consecutive postseason, going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and 16-4-4 in their final 24 outings. They punched their ticket to the playoffs in the 81st game of the season. Buffalo will enter the postseason riding a season-long four-game winning streak.
The No. 2 seeded Flyers (47-23-12, 106 points), meanwhile, won the Atlantic Division title and spent the majority of the season at or near the top of the Eastern Conference but dropped seven of their final 10 games as they went 3-4-3 down the stretch.
The different paths taken to the playoffs by the Sabres and Flyers is reflected in the season series between the clubs. Each team won two of the four games, with Philadelphia’s victories coming in the first two meetings and Buffalo’s coming in the final two.
The records will be wiped clean as the teams battle in the postseason for the first time since 2006. Here's a look at how the team's match up by the numbers:RECORDSBuffalo:
43-29-10, 96 pointsPhiladelphia:
47-23-12, 106 points
GOAL-SCORING LEADERSBuffalo: Thomas Vanek
Jeff Carter (36 goals)ASSIST LEADERSBuffalo: Thomas Vanek
Claude Giroux (51 assists)
POINT LEADERSBuffalo: Thomas Vanek
Claude Giroux (76 points)DEFENSEMAN SCORING LEADERSBuffalo: Tyler Myers
Philadelphia: Matt Carle (1-39-40 points)
GOALTENDING LEADERSBuffalo: Ryan Miller
(34-22-8 record, 2.59 GAA, .916 SV%, 5 shutouts)Philadelphia:
Sergei Bobrovsky (28-13-8 record, 2.59 GAA, .915 SV%, 0 shutouts)POWER PLAYBuffalo:
259-for-313 (82.8%)GOALS FOR:Buffalo:
240 (2.93 per game)Philadelphia:
256 (3.12 per game)GOALS AGAINST:Buffalo:
228 (2.78 per game)Philadelphia:
(216 (2.63 per game)FACE-OFFSBuffalo: