Preview: Sabres Look to Stop Skid Against Red-Hot Flyers
The Sabres are staring a six-game losing streak in the face on Saturday night.
Buffalo Sabres (29-30-8) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (40-20-7)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
Radio: WGR 550
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Know Your Opponent
Record: 40-20-7 | 87 PTS
Last 10: 9-1-0
Division Ranking: 2nd in the Metropolitan Division
Conference Ranking: 4th in Eastern Conference
PP: 8th (21.4%)
PK: 12th (81.7%)
What to Watch
1. A Tale of Two Seasons
Buffalo’s post-Deadline free fall has continued in full force. The Sabres have seen any potential thought of a playoff run be dashed by their current five-game losing streak.
At this point, Buffalo can embrace their roles as potential spoilers, but with the recent performances of the Buffalo Sabres in March, it is hard to envision anything else at this point.
With 15 games remaining in the regular season, Buffalo needs to do something to turn things around despite their almost non-existent playoff hopes.
2. Return of Linus?
Goaltender Linus Ullmark practiced with the team on Friday and looks ready to go. Ralph Krueger did say that Carter Hutton was the starting goaltender in Philadelphia but with Ullmark backing up, it does appear that he is ready to return to the lineup after a lengthy absence.
Buffalo has really missed the presence of Ullmark in goal.
3. Shaking Things Up
Friday’s practice represented a shake-up of sorts. Ralph Krueger decided there was no time like the present to shake up the lines.
Both offensively and defensively, things do appear different.
While this merely seems like pouring a bottle of water on a burning building at this point, Krueger appears to have not given up on trying to find the best lineup for this team, while they struggle to snap their five-game skid.
Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Victor Olofsson - Marcus Johansson - Dominik Kahun
Jimmy Vesey - Curtis Lazar - Wayne Simmonds
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo
Brandon Montour - Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe - Henri Jokiharju
Rasmus Dahlin - Colin Miller
Starting Goaltender: Carter Hutton (projected)
Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
Joel Farabee - Kevin Hayes - Travis Konecny
Scott Laughton - Derek Grant - Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl - Nate Thompson - Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Ivan Provorov - Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim - Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg - Justin Braun
Starting Goaltender: Carter Hart (projected)