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Buffalo: November 19 vs Blues Loss 4-1
Philadelphia: November 19 vs Senators Won 5-2
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Philadelphia: 13th(7th in Metropolitan)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: Moulson(8), Hodgson(7), Ennis(4), Foligno and Ott(3)
Philadelphia: Lecavalier(7), B. Schenn(6), Read(4), Voracek, Simmonds, Hartnell, and T. McGinn(3)
Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Foligno, Stafford, and Girgensons(5), 6 Tied With 4 Assists
Philadelphia: Giroux(10), B. Schenn and Voracek(7), Simmonds, Streit, and Grossmann(6), Lecavalier, Timonen, and Couturier(4)
Buffalo: Moulson(18), Hodgson(16), Foligno and Ennis(8), Stafford and Ott(7)
Philadelphia: B. Schenn(13), Giroux(12), Lecavalier(11), Voracek(10)
Buffalo: Moulson(+1), Sulzer(EV), Kaleta(-1), Larsson, Girgensons, and Leino(-2)
Philadelphia: Timonen(+3), Couturier, Gustafsson, and Downie(+2), Voracek and T. McGinn(+1), Grossmann, Hall, and Newbury(EV)
Buffalo: Ott(37), McCormick(36), Scott(33), Myers(31)
Philadelphia: Rinaldo(38), Simmonds(33), Rosehill(30), B. Schenn(28)
Buffalo: Stafford(57), Hodgson(51), Moulson(48), Ennis(47)
Philadelphia: Read(52), Giroux(50), Simmonds and Hartnell(45), B. Schenn, Voracek, and Timonen(38)
Buffalo: Hodgson(177), Foligno(99), Ott(97), Larsson(67)
Philadelphia: Giroux(224), Couturier(172), Lecavalier(74), Hall(62)
Buffalo: Ott(79), Foligno(61), Girgensons(46), Myers and Ristolainen(42)
Philadelphia: Rinaldo(67), Grossmann and L. Schenn(58), B. Schenn(49), Simmonds(42)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(38), Pysyk(29), Myers(28), Weber(27)
Philadelphia: Grossmann(52), Coburn(31), Timonen(27), Streit(25)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-12-0 3.18 GAA .917 SV% 0 SO
Philadelphia: Ray Emery 2-3-0 2.82 GAA .898 SV% 1 SO
Last Meeting: April 13 Sabres Won 1-0
Season Series: Sabres Won 2-1-0
All-Time: Flyers Lead 78-58-25
All-Time at PHI: Flyers Lead 47-20-15
January 14 vs Flyers 7:30 PM
April 6 at Flyers 7:30 PM
Last Game Recap:
Morrow, Stewart Lead Blues Past Sabres
Chris Stewart saved his energy, and Brenden Morrow was the beneficiary.
After missing the St. Louis Blues’ morning skate Tuesday with flu-like symptoms, Stewart was told to stay at the team hotel to rest.
Stewart must have had a good rest; he assisted on both Morrow goals to help the Blues defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 at First Niagara Center.
Without going into detail, it was a rough Monday night for Stewart, but he’d probably admit it was worth it, with the end result being that he played a key role in helping the Blues recover from a 4-1 loss Sunday against the Washington Capitals.
“I’ve probably been struggling for the last 24 hours,” Stewart said after getting his fifth and sixth assists of the season. “I haven’t felt like that in a while. … It hit me hard, probably as soon as we got in here. It started going through the team a little bit and that time of the year. We’ve got a little time here before the Boston game [Thursday], get some rest, get hydrated and get back after it.”
Tyler Ennis scored and Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots for the Sabres, who fell to 1-2-0 under interim coach Ted Nolan.
“I think our youth really showed tonight,” Nolan said. “This is one of the better teams in the National Hockey League that can really expose your flaws. … We knew it was going to be tough. We’ve just got to keep teaching, keep learning. You could tell some of the difference between some of the young players we have and some of the mature players they have. It’s just part of maturing.”
Ennis opened the scoring before the 17,710 spectators could get settled in, as he was able to one-time a centering feed from Ville Leino past Halak 10 seconds into the game. Leino got to a bouncing puck after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester couldn’t handle it. It was the Sabres’ fourth goal in the first period in 23 games.
“We learned to have a start. Sometimes we’ve been starting slow,” Ennis said. “This time, we started fast and scored. Then we kind of let off the gas. Those are the things we need to fix.”
Sabres visit Philadelphia to face surging Flyers
Big story: The Flyers continued their strong play with a 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday that moved them out of seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and put them two points behind the third-place New York Rangers for the final automatic spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Sabres still are trying to adjust to how interim coach Ted Nolan wants them to play, especially defensively. Practice has involved lots of work on positioning and communicating.
“If one hand knows what the other hand is doing it’s much easier,” Nolan said. “We have to communicate, we have to talk, we have to stop and start in our defensive zone. Some things change but some things stay the same. Strong defensive hockey wins lots of games.”
Sabres: After sending out three young players Tuesday, the Sabres will give two others a chance Thursday against the Flyers.
Nolan told reporters in Buffalo that Luke Adam and Brayden McNabb, recalled from Rochester of the American Hockey League, would be in the lineup Thursday. Adam played left wing on a line with center Zemgus Girgensons and right wing Steve Ott, while McNabb split time with a few different defensemen.
Adam is tied for the AHL lead with 13 goals in 15 games, while McNabb has 12 points and a plus-5 rating in 15 games. Nolan said strong play is why they’re skating with the Sabres now.
“He [Adam] is having a great year in the American league,” Nolan said. “When kids do that they have to be rewarded. That’s what the American Hockey League is about. He’s being rewarded for his play. McNabb the same way; he’s playing real well in a different way. We want to reward guys down there and keep guys up here on their toes because there’s always somebody coming in the back door. You never know where they’re going to come from.”
Flyers: With back-to-back 90-point seasons, Sean Couturier was considered one of the most offensively gifted players in the 2011 NHL Draft class when the Flyers chose him with the eighth pick.
However, that offense hasn’t been seen as much a quarter of the way through his third NHL season. After scoring 13 goals as a rookie, he had four in 46 games last season, and snapped a 25-game goal drought when he scored in the second period of the Flyers’ 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
“I feel 20 pounds lighter just getting that in,” Couturier said Wednesday. “Sometimes you think too much when things aren’t going your way. In the first period [when he missed an open net], maybe you think too much about that chance I had.”
Couturier has contributed in other ways — he’s the Flyers’ best defensive forward and his plus-2 rating is the best among the team’s forwards who have been in Philadelphia all season. Now the hope is this sudden burst of offense can bring him some added confidence.
“It’s huge for [Couturier] to get a goal,” coach Craig Berube said. “He goes out and does a great job checking for us and playing a good role against teams’ top lines and penalty kill, faceoffs and little things.
“To get rewarded with a goal here and there, and he’s had opportunities to score a goal and it hasn’t gone in, I think he’ll start putting it in a little bit now. Sometimes you get that first goal and feel better and more confident.”
Who’s hot: Flyers captain Claude Giroux has two goals, three assists and a plus-5 rating in the past five games; in his first 15, he had had seven points, all assists, and a minus-11 rating.
Buffalo: No Injuries To Report
Philadelphia: Pronger Post Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Bourdon Post Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out)
Next 5 Games:
November 24 vs Detroit Red Wings 5:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 27 vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)
November 29 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
November 30 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 5 vs New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)