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Preview: Who Will Keep Streaking?

Sabres enter tonight on a four game points streak, while the Flyers are on a four game winning streak

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Game #32

Buffalo Sabres (8-17-6) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (12-11-7)

Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA


Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Flyers blog: Broad Street Hockey

What to Watch

1. Keep the streak going.

The Sabres enter tonight on a four game points streak (2-0-2). They also have a power play goal in three straight contests. We’ll see if they can keep both streaks intact.

2. Kane heating up again.

After going four games without a point Evander Kane is picking it back up again. He has points in five straight (2 goals, 3 assists) going into tonight. He’ll skate with Evan Rodrigues and Sam Reinhart again tonight.

3. Sticking with the same lineup.

Phil Housley and the Sabres will roll out the same lineup as they did against the Senators on Tuesday. Nathan Beaulieu still remains out of the lineup even though he’s been practicing since Monday. He’s recovering from an illness that forced him to miss the three game road trip last week.

Know Your Opponent

1. Flyers are streaking too.

After a rough few weeks in which they lost 10 straight, the Flyers have turned it around winning four in a row. They’ve also scored at least four goals in all of those wins.

2. Sean Couturier finding stardom.

The 25-year-old center is having a career year for the Flyers. Going into this season Couturier had a career high of 39 points in a season. Thus far he has 30 points in 30 games this season. He’s finally adding the offensive side that has had the potential to explode since he was drafted eighth overall in 2011.

3. Brian Elliott in goal.

The Flyers will give Elliott the start again tonight. He’s won four straight and has a .946 save percentage over that time. The 32-year-old goaltender has also owned the Sabres throughout his career going 11-1-2 with a .938 save percentage, 1.85 goals against average and two shutouts.

Projected Lineup

67 Benoit Pouliot - 15 Jack Eichel - 29 Jason Pominville

9 Evander Kane - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 23 Sam Reinhart

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo

20 Scott Wilson - 22 Johan Larsson - 17 Jordan Nolan

6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

19 Jake McCabe - 47 Zach Bogosian

41 Justin Falk - 4 Josh Gorges

Starting Goaltender: 40 Robin Lehner