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Sabres at Flyers Preview: Leopold Returns, Pardy Sits As Sabres Face Slumping Flyers

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After a few days off, the Sabres take on the struggling Flyers in the city of brotherly love.

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It's been three days since the Sabres blew a 2-0 third period lead to lose against the New Jersey Devils. That loss dropped them into 14th place in the East, just a point out of last. Philadelphia comes into this game not doing too much better, having lost their last three in a row and currently sitting in 11th, just two points up on Buffalo. The Flyers are having many of the same problems that the Sabres are trying to get rid of, including poor defensive zone coverage and bad turnovers. Well, misery loves company, so tonight let's all be miserable together.

Game #26

Buffalo Sabres (9-13-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (11-14-1)

Puck Drop - 7:30pm - Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
TV - NBCSN, TSN2 | Radio - WGR 550-AM
Flyers Blog - Broad Street Hockey (Please play nice if you're going to visit.)

Story

After nine games on the bench, Jordan Leopold returns to the ice in place of Adam Pardy. Leopold has not been anywhere near as steady this season as he has been previously, but perhaps his time off for injury has cleared his head. The Sabres could use some steadiness on the blue line after giving up a late 2-0 lead on Thursday in a loss to the Devils. John Scott is also confirmed to play.

Projected Buffalo Lines

Vanek - Hodgson - Pominville
Gerbe - Ennis - Ott
Foligno - Porter - Flynn
Scott - Grigorenko - Stafford

Ehrhoff - Sekera
Regehr - Myers
Weber - Leopold

Goal: Ryan Miller

Scratches/Injuries: Pardy, Sulzer, Brennan, Kaleta, Hecht, Leino

Projected Philadelphia Lines

Hartnell - Giroux - Voracek
Briere - Schenn - Simmonds
Gagne - Couturier - Talbot
Rinaldo - Fedotenko - Knuble/Read

Timonen - Schenn
Grossmann/Foster - Coburn
Gustafsson - Gervais

Goal: Ilya Bryzgalov