Flyers Bring Season-High Point Streak Home Against Buffalo

Mar 17, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Owen Tippett (74) dives between Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju (10) and defenseman Owen Power (25) in the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Owen Tippett (74) dives between Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju (10) and defenseman Owen Power (25) in the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Flyers four game win streak may be over, but they are still riding a season-high seven game point streak. It’s their longest point streak since Dec. 10-30, 2021. They will look to continue that in their final game against the Sabres.

Philadelphia is going for the season sweep over Buffalo, having outscored them 9-2 in the first two games. Sam Ersson picked up his first career shutout in the first game while Owen Tippett scored his first career hat trick in the second.

Guess someone else is in for a first in the third and final game of the season series.

Philadelphia Flyers

Record: 29-32-13 (71 points, 7th in Metro)

While Ersson was recently loaned back to the Phantoms, he was called back up again as Carter Hart remains unavailable for Philadelphia. This will be the third straight game he has missed. Felix Sandstrom will get his third straight start.

Speaking on injury related news, Travis Konecny has been activated off injured reserve and will be available to play against the Sabres. Despite missing 16 straight games, Konecny still leads the team in goals (27) and points (54).

Morgan Frost has come alive offensively recently, posting six points in his last five games. He’s led the team in points since the beginning of the calendar year. He is also doing the right things defensively and earning more trust and responsibility from John Tortorella. His status on the team will be something to watch the rest of the season.

Cam York is also coming off a strong performance as he has four points in his last four games, including his first goal in 42 straight games in the Flyers loss against Ottawa.

Projected Lineup

Joel Farabee – Noah Cates – Owen Tippett

James van Riemsdyk – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konecny 

Brendan Lemieux – Morgan Frost – Wade Allison 

Nicolas Deslauriers – Scott Laughton 

Ivan Provorov – Cam York

Travis Sanheim – Rasmus Ristolainen

Nick Seeler – Tony DeAngelo 

Justin Braun

Felix Sandstrom 

Buffalo Sabres

Record: 36-31-7 (79 points, 5th in Atlantic)

The Sabres are still clinging to playoff hopes as they sit five points out of a wild card spot. They have a game in hand against the Penguins, currently holding that second spot. They have two in hand on the Islanders, who hold the top wild card spot.

Buffalo is coming off a thrilling overtime victory as Devon Levi made his NHL debut for the Sabres. He stopped 31 of 33 shots while Jeff Skinner scored the overtime winner. It was his 32nd goal on the season as he sits eight goals away from a new career high. His 70 points are always a career high for him, as are the 39 assists.

Speaking of career seasons, Tage Thompson continues to obliterate his highs. His 44 goals, 45 assists, and 89 points are all the highest of his career. He is pointless in his last two games, something that has only happened on four other occasions this season. So expect him to find a way onto the scoresheet in this one.

Projected Lineup

Jeff Skinner – Casey Mittelstadt – Alex Tuch

JJ Peterka – Dylan Cozens – Jack Quinn

Jordan Greenway – Tyson Jost – Victor Olofsson

Zemgus Girgensos – Peyton Krebs – Kyle Okposo

Mattias Samuelsson – Rasmus Dahlin

Owen Power – Henri Jokiharju

Riley Stillman – Ilya Lyubushkin

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

Where, When, and How to Watch/Listen

Time:  7 PM

 Where: Wells Fargo Center

Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio: 97.5 FM

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