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Hutton to start for Sabres in Philadelphia

Goalie is 4-1-0 in his career against Flyers

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

PHILADELPHIA - Carter Hutton will be back in net for the Buffalo Sabres when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Wells Fargo Center.

It will be Hutton's first start since Buffalo's 6-5 overtime loss in Vancouver on Dec. 7. Linus Ullmark has made five consecutive starts in the meantime. 

"We feel that Carter's really been working hard off-ice," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. "It just feels like the right game to bring him back in."

Hutton is 4-1-0 with a .914 save percentage in his career against the Flyers. Those numbers were considered, though Krueger said the decision had more to do with a gut feeling for a team in search of a rebound after falling in Toronto on Tuesday. 

"This feels like a game where we just need a little bit of a spark to get us right back onto the game we want, which we lost it for two periods last game," Krueger said. "We found it in the third, which can be a good sign. Often, that leads into the next game. 

"But adding any little spark we can is of value, and we think putting Carter in will certainly bring strong leadership into the team again."

The rest of the lineup will be announced at game time. The Sabres will warm up with 19 skaters, leaving open the possibility of dressing 11 forwards and seven defensemen. 

 

Eichel looking to catch Perreault

Jack Eichel can extend his point streak to 18 games with a goal or an assist tonight, which would tie Gilbert Perreault's franchise record set during the 1971-72 season. 

Eichel leads the NHL with 16 goals and 31 points since his streak began on Nov. 16. He's also scored goals in four straight games and is the first Sabres player to string together four straight multi-point efforts since defenseman Andrej Sekera, who had five in a row in 2011. 

 

Scouting the Flyers

The Flyers are coming off an emotional 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. That morning, forward Oskar Lindblom visited his teammates for the first time since being diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. 

Philadelphia improved to 11-2-4 on home ice with the win, one of three teams in the NHL to have two or fewer regulation losses at home this season (along with Boston and Minnesota). 

Second-year goalie Carter Hart made a season-high 40 saves in the victory, improving 9-1-2 with a .944 save percentage and a 1.57 goals-against average in 12 starts at home this season. Hart will get the nod in net tonight for the Flyers.

 

More streaks!

•   Victor Olofsson enters the contest on his own four-game point streak, with two goals and four assists in that span. More impressively, he's tallied 22 points (8+14) in his last 20 games following a two-assist outing in Toronto on Tuesday.

•   Rasmus Dahlin has points in three straight games since returning from a concussion, with a goal and three assists. He has six points (1+5) in his last six games dating back to Nov. 21.

 

Tune in

Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m., or you can listen live n WGR 550. Puck drop is scheduled for 7. 
 

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