Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers will travel to New York to take on the Buffalo Sabres. The game is at 7:30 and will be on the NBC Sports Network. The Flyers beat the Sabres 4-1 the last time they met.
Philadelphia is coming off of a disappointing weekend in which they lost two straight games. On Saturday afternoon the Flyers fell 6-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning and on Sunday night they lost 4-1 to the New York Rangers. The Flyers got away from their defensive style of play for stretches of both games and it came back to bite them. Steve Mason was shaky on Saturday and Ray Emery did not help his case on Sunday. The Flyers will look to bounce back against the leagues worst record. On the injury front, Matt Read is likely to make his return to the line up and Erik Gustafsson will continue to sit despite the fact that he has been cleared to play.
Despite having the worst record in the NHL,13-26-5, the Buffalo Sabres are not a pushover. They are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games and have received otherworldly goaltending from Ryan Miller. In 24 games since becoming Buffalo’s head coach, Ted Nolan is 9-11-4 and making the Sabres competitive every night. Cody Hodgson leads the team in points with 20 (8G, 12A) and is followed closely by Matt Moulson who has 18 (8G, 10A) points with the Sabres. Although, Moulson did have nine points before coming to Buffalo.
-The Flyers will get Matt Read back, but Steve Downie is going to sit again. Since Tye McGinn was sent back down to Adirondack we can expect both Rosehill and Read to play tonight. For my money, I would talk Downie and Gustafsson over Rosehill and Meszaros every day of the week.
-The Sabres have announced that Jhonas Enroth will start in goal tonight. This is good news for the Flyers. The Sabres have the worst offense in the NHL, so this goaltending match up heavily favors the Flyers. Without Ryan Miller, the Sabres record would be much worse.
-The Flyers sit 4th in the Metropolitan Division and 7th in the Eastern Conference. With a slew of inter divisional games on the horizon, the Flyers have a chance to climb up on the standings with a win tonight.