Sabres vs. Flyers Game Three Preview

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 16: Paul Gaustad #28 of the Buffalo Sabres roughs up Mike Richards #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers by the Buffalo net during the second period of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Flyers won 5-4. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

The Sabres are coming back home with a split of the two road games in Philadelphia. As fans, that could be one of the better outlooks that we could have expected. The first two games of this series have been completely different types of games, Game One was a defensive struggle while Game Two was an offensive bonanza. 

The one thing that both games have had in common though is the amount of penalties that the Sabres have been taking. The Sabres took a total of 29 penalty minutes in Game Two and was on the penalty kill for roughly fifteen minutes. The Sabres are the second most penalized team behind the Anaheim Ducks in this year's playoffs and they aren't going to find much offensive flow if they continue to take as many penalties as they have had. 

The one bright spot in the team taking so many penalties is that their penalty kill has been rather effective thus far in the playoffs. The Sabres have only allowed one goals on fifteen tries, the fourth best penalty kill among the playoff teams this year. The Sabres are expected to be as aggressive as they were in the first two games, so if they continue to take the same amount of penalties in Game Three, at least we know that their penalty kill has been solid thus far. 

The Flyers are expected to start Brian Boucher in net after Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled in the first period of Game Two. Boucher has played in 35 career playoff games and has a 18-14 record with a 2.18 goals against average and .914 save percentage. Boucher allowed only one goal in Game Two and does some success against the Buffalo Sabres in his career. Boucher is 3-4 with a 2.14 goals against average and .914 save percentage.

Game time is 7:00 pm, the Party in the Plaza starts at 5:00 pm and our gamethread starts at 6:30 pm. The game will also air on Versus tonight in non-local viewing areas. 

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